Apollo Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue W1V 7HD
Carrie's War
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Show Details
Preview 18th Jun 09
Opens 24th Jun 09
Closes 12th Sept 09
Show Times
Tuesday - Saturday 7.30 pm
Matinée Tues, Thurs & Sat 2.30 pm

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A note from the author

We put this AVMovie together (a compilation of still photos and video clips) to show off London theatres as they are seen most often by theatre goers – by night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and  informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.

The book, written in the early seventies by Nina Bawden has remained in print since its publication. It is a book that has been loved by children and adults alike and dramatised previously. After a very successful run at Sadler’s Wells this Poignant, Funny and Uplifting production starring Prunella Scales opened at the Apollo Theatre in mid June.

During the Second World War the government arranged an evacuation of the children from London to avoid being killed in air raids. Chlldren were literally packed off to school with a few belongings and shipped to various parts of the country where volunteers took them on.

Carrie and her brother are evacuated to a small Welsh village. The countryside was indeed safe from bombs but there were thousands of adventures played out by children placed in the care of adults who often had no idea how to look after children.

Carrie and her brother find themselves among a group of characters who changed the children's lives amidst a series of events.

Mr Evans was as unkind as Auntie Lou was kind.  The play is funny a and nostalgic and depicts young Albert Sandwich and Mr Johnny, who speaks a special language of his own making.  Other characters include Hepzibah Green, the witch at Druids Grove, and woven into the story is an ancient skull which carries a curse. 

The story is about magic and myths but is all the more poignant with how the brother and sister handled their fears with loyalty.

Prunella Scales - Mrs Gotobed 
Sarah Edwardson - Carrie
James Beddard - Mr Johnny
• Amanda Symonds - Hepzibah
Kacey Ainsworth - Auntie Lou 
• John Heffernan - Albert 
James Joyce  - Nick Daniel 
Llewelyn Williams - Major Cass Harper
Sion Tudor Owen  - Mr Evans.

Director - Andrew Loudon • Design - Edward Lipscomb • Lighting - Matthew Eagland  • Sound - John Leonard
Producers - Nica Burns (Novel Theatre) and Max Weitzenhoffer (Nimax)

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