The Valentine Letters
by Steve Darlow
based on the book Geprüft by Frances Zagni
directed by Jo Emery
produced by Fighting High Productions
The Valentine Letters is a new play based upon the Second World War correspondence between Royal Air Force airman and Prisoner of War John Valentine and his wife Ursula.
These letters provide an unprecedented insight in to how two people struggle to find solace and keep their hopes and love alive despite the anxieties of John’s dangerous operational life, his three years behind barbed wire, and Ursula’s endeavours raising a newborn under the constant threat of aerial attack.
The Valentine Letters is a testament to the pain of separation, isolation, coping, and change, interspersed with humorous and heartwarming moments. A remarkable account of the effect of the Second World War on the lives of a young married couple and their generation.
This is the latest play from Steve Darlow, whose most recent work includes the acclaimed Their Finest Hour.
Press for previous production, Their Finest Hour:
‘Darlow is to be applauded… beautifully represents the period.’ ★★★★★ North West End UK
‘Real tales of real people… all individuals with the same hopes, dreams, and fears as everyone else, and this production does well to bring their humanity back into focus’. ★★★★ London Theatre 1
”A celebration of forgotten heroes, told in their own words… sometimes funny, sometimes poignant and always brave. Steve Darlow’s play cleverly interlaces their stories with iconic songs of the time’. ★★★★ London Pub Theatres
‘Their Finest Hour is an absorbing piece of drama that never forgets the human toll behind the glamour of the dashing uniform… an earnest and beautifully performed show.’ British Theatre Guide
Dates and Tickets
Tuesday 11 – Saturday 22 June 2024 at 7.30 pm
Saturday 15 June matinee performance at 3.00pm
No performances: Sundays and Mondays
Tickets: £17, £15 conc; suitable for 12+.
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There is no charge for online bookings.
Phone: 0333 666 3366
Telephone reservations have a £1.80 booking fee.
Our concessionary price tickets are for: full-time students, over 65s, registered unwaged, under 18s and Equity Members. Please bring proof of status.
Running time: One hour forty five minutes, including a fifteen minute interval
The Valentine Letters
Written by Steve Darlow
Based on the book Geprüft by Frances Zagni
Directed by Jo Emery
Produced by Fighting High Productions
to be announced shortly
The box office on-site opens at 7.15 pm for the checking-in of pre-booked tickets, to seat you early and to minimise queues. Please arrive in good time to be seated for the 7.30 pm start.
LATECOMERS WILL NOT BE ADMITTED
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There is strictly no photography or recording of any kind permitted in the theatre.
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