The Return of the Soldier


1st to 6th October 2018 – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

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.


Stewart Clarke
Laura Pitt-Pulford
Zoe Rainey
Michael Matus
Charlie Langham



Director – Charlotte Westenra

Musical Director – Simon Lambert

Designer – Simon Anthony Wells


Chris Jenkins
Tessa Kadler
Marc Pickering
Esme Sears
Naomi Slights



Director – Charlotte Westenra

Musical Director -Daniel Jarvis

Choreographer – Matthew Cole

2018 Manchester Production

2014 London Production

“The Return of the Soldier is a fitting, thought-provoking and respectful reminder of the sacrifices made by so many, who suffered in silence.”


“A simply stunning must-see”


“Brilliantly sung and wholly relevant depiction of the personal cost of war”
– THE STAGE ★★★★


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