The Christmas Truce

The Christmas Truce $14.99

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Phil Porter

Published by Oberon

Large Mixed Cast
This is the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2014 Family Christmas Show

December 1914

As families across Europe gather to celebrate Christmas, a generation of young men find themselves far away from their loved ones in the trenches of the Western Front

There they face a world seemingly devoid of any peace or goodwill

But on Christmas Eve 1914, as the men of the Warwickshire Regiment shelter in their trenches, something astonishing happens ...

Across no-man's land they hear music

The German soldiers are singing Christmas carols

The same carols their families are listening to, hundreds of miles away in Birmingham, Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon

Leaving their trenches and carrying only their courage and their humanity, they go to meet their enemies

Not to fight, but to talk, to exchange gifts

To celebrate Christmas

And the next day, together, they play an unforgettable game of football



"This is an evening which clambers inside an historical event and makes it resonate so powerfully I can't see it being bettered. It has the winning air of a family show plenty of humour and lashings of larky inventiveness, accentuated by Piper's use of makeshift wooden clutter to evoke the Trenches while never losing a respectful or insightful grasp of its subject" ~ The Telegraph

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