6th to 29th September 2018 – Hope Mill Theatre
2nd to 20th September 2014 – Jermyn Street Theatre
Coinciding with the centenary of the end of the First World War, The Return of the Soldier by Charles Miller and Tim Sanders is an intimate new chamber musical based on Rebecca West’s celebrated 1918 novel of the home front.
Set in Harrow during the summer of 1916, The Return of the Soldier is an intensely bitter-sweet tale, dissecting the very different love of three women for one man. When Christopher returns from the front, shell-shocked and with memory loss, there are profound consequences for all three women and their love. In the end, only an extraordinary sacrifice will restore the fragile status quo.
Composer Charles Miller puts a unique and contemporary twist on several English music styles from the period in his evocative score. Tim Sanders’ script aims to capture West’s sardonic and contemporary humour as well as her painfully accurate insights into human folly. This exciting new musical adaptation will bring a compelling story of war to a whole new generation.
2014 LONDON CAST and CREATIVES
Director – Charlotte Westenra
Musical Director – Simon Lambert
Designer – Simon Anthony Wells
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