Spike Milligan's celebrated war memoirs are being brought to anarchic life in a new comedy play. The production will open at Bristol Old Vic on 4th July, followed by a four week run at Hampstead Theatre, then embark on a UK tour.
This epic Everyman's odyssey through World War Two, with a cast of extraordinary characters, charts Gunner Milligan's progress from joining the Royal Artillery through the North African and Italian campaigns. High comedy and tragedy collide, as we follow him and his ad hoc jazz quartet - complete with their famed comedy routines - adrift on the tide of great historic events.
Using Milligan's own words, the story is told through a fusion of comedy, jazz, song and dance - showing how humour, music and comradeship enabled a hapless and disparate bunch of young men to prevail against the might of the Nazi War Machine.
Using a cast of actor/musicians, director Tim Carroll fulfils a lifelong ambition to bring Milligan's madcap and poignant experiences to life. The cast includes: Matt Devereaux, William Findley, Dominic Gerrard, Sholto Morgan and David Morley Hale.
To find out more about the show and get tour dates visit www.spikeswar.com