The Return Of The Soldier – A New Musical – World Premiere

Aria Entertainment and Guy James in association with Penny Rock Theatre Productions and Jermyn Street Theatre present

The Return Of The Soldier

Book And Lyrics by Tim Sanders

Music by Charles Miller

Based on the book by Rebecca West

2-20 September 2014

Jermyn Street Theatre

Coinciding with the centenary of the First World War, The Return of the Soldier is an intimatenew chamber musical based on Rebecca West’s celebrated 1918 novel of the home front.

An intensely bitter-sweet tale dissects the very different love of three women for Christopher.When he returns from the war with shell-shock, there are profound consequences for each of them.

With a cast of five, this powerful new music drama with its rich and arresting score, becomesan eloquent treatise on the nature of love, truth, memory and loss. In the end, only an extraordinary sacrifice will restore a fragile status quo.

Directed by Charlotte Westenra

Musically Directed by Simon Lambert

Designed by Simon Anthony Wells

Starring: Stewart Clarke, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Zoe Rainey, Michael Matus and Charlie Langham

***** West End Wilma, **** Whats On Stage **** The Times **** The Stage **** West End Frame **** So So Gay **** Plays To See **** The Public Reviews **** Everything Theatre **** Theatre Full Stop **** British Theatre **** Views From The Gods

“It is rare that a production can take hold of you like this does”

“uniquely interesting concept”

“refreshingly original…”

“Stewart Clarke is every inch the tortured soldier”

“powerful vocals are flawless and full of emotion..”

“The Return of the Soldier should be at the top of your list this September, for its achingly believable performances and originality…”

“if you want an exquisite, beautifully conceived piece of musical theatre which successfully evokes a particular historical period, tells a fabulous story full of twists and surprises, and which contains some achingly ethereal and enjoyable music, then go see The Return Of The Soldier while you can.”

“there is a lot of superb acting”

“wonderful storytelling through song”

“genuine show-stopping numbers”

“a genuine warmth and heart which is at times ethereal, at times nearly volcanic…”

“If there was a recording, I would be listening to them on a loop continuously.”

“Laura Pitt-Pulford is spectacularly good..”

“Michael Matus gives a masterclass in musical theatre performance.”

“Zoe Rainey sings glitteringly, with a sure smooth soprano…”

“Simon Lambert’s musical direction here is quite delicious, near perfect really.”

“The producers of this musical, a gorgeous, original gem, should be applauded for their faith in this work and the vision they had which gave it life…”

“Anyone who likes musical theatre should make it their business to see this production.”

“Anyone who says, “They don’t make musicals any more like they used to” needs to book tickets to see The Return of the Soldier by Tim Sanders and Charles Miller.”

“Miller’s score has a timeless sound”

“How refreshing to see such a serious, challenging new musical on the fringe; anyone who cares about British musicals must go!”

West End Wilma’s best of 2014:

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