Tunnelling to freedom. New Vic Theatre announces Marvellous autumn season

Days after the New Vic premiered the wartime thriller Tom, Dick & Harry, ahead of its transfer to London’s Alexandra Palace, the Staffordshire theatre has announced its autumn season.

It sees the return of the critically-acclaimed production of Marvellous alongside one of their best-loved Christmas shows, Alice In Wonderland.

New Vic artistic director Theresa Heskins said: “In my 15 years of making theatre at the New Vic, Marvellous has stood out as one of the most joyful productions I’ve worked on, so I’m really pleased the show is back by popular demand this autumn to put a spring in everyone’s step. 

“It will also be very special revisiting one of my favourite classic tales, Alice in Wonderland, this Christmas, particularly as the theatre celebrates its 60th anniversary of theatre making in-the-round. It’ll be a truly magical experience for everyone, young and old, to share.”

Tom, Dick and Harry, which opened on Friday and runs until July 9, sees a legendary escape story get the New Vic treatment .

Written by Andrew Pollard, Michael Hugo and Theresa Heskins – and directed by Heskins (Olivier award-winning The Worst Witch) – this thrilling new play tells the story about a daring escape attempt from Stalag Luft III in World War II. 

An exhilarating game of cat and mouse is afoot between the extraordinary prisoners of Stalag Luft III and their captors. 

Hiding covert activity in plain sight with gymnastic exercise, choir practice and cabbage growing, the men are tunnelling deep into the ground beneath their fortress of a camp. The most intricate, most audacious, greatest escape of them all is underway.

But as suspicions start to rise with the camp’s guards, can the men complete their mission and escape using one of their tunnels – Tom, Dick or Harry?

An incredible story of solidarity across nations, and of an unbreakable spirit to achieve the impossible, this brand new play debunks the myths, honours the people involved and tells the true story of the most daring escape attempt in World War History.

A co-production with Kenny Wax Productions (Six The Musical, The Play That Goes Wrong), the show will transfer to London’s Alexandra Palace Theatre (July 26 – August 28).

Back by popular demand, Marvellous (September 17 to October 8) this joyful, entertaining, funny play about the life of Neil ‘Nello’ Baldwin returns to the in-the-round stage. The show will reunite the original cast and offer audiences another chance to discover this critically acclaimed production,

One of its best-loved Christmas shows closes the 60th anniversary celebrations with Alice in Wonderland running from November 18 to January 28.

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