It’s 1942 and a horde of Yankee servicemen have just arrived in England - where the locals speak a strange dialect, boil all their food, and talk endlessly about the weather. The Americans see the Brits as a strange race. Get ready to judge for yourself in a night of joyous laughter and downright silliness as a crack team of experts attempt to explain the rules of British life.
This rib-tickling new show for adults and families is from the creators of 'Winston On the Run' (★★★★★ WhatsOnStage) and 'Dr Brown Because' (★★★★ The Times, The Sunday Times, Time Out).
Inspired by the 1942 pamphlet given to GIs on their way to Blighty, the show will take the audience back to the British home front, where two American officers have been charged with explaining British life to their recently arrived countrymen. The problem is, they’ve only just arrived themselves! Will the plucky team succeed in explaining the quirks and customs of everyday British life? Or will Hitler’s propaganda split the allies asunder? The future of the free world hangs in the balance.
Adapted with kind permission from the Bodleian Library's publication "Instructions for American Servicemen, 1942".
With thanks to Samuel Fanous, Mike and Clare McKinley, Steeple Aston Village Hall, John Terry, Tei Williams, Emily Moseley, Richard Kingdom, Pete Staves, The Blue Elephant Theatre, The Theatre Chipping Norton, Redbridge Drama Centre, Nick Steel, Bath Comedy Festival, Barbara Houseman, Cal McCrystal, Elizabeth Walton, Sebastian and Erin Hayes, Mark Makin, Martin West, Sue Whitehead, Guy Brigg, Matt Llewelyn-Smith, Heather Leonard, Kate Leimer, Paul O'Sullivan, RAF Upper Heyford, Pat Lake, Sarah Tinton-Phipps, Jackie Casal-Mahrou, Lynne Forbes, Maria Shickle, Orchestra Pirouette, The Comedy Pub Leicester Square, Elsie the cat, and everyone else who has helped us out – sorry, sorry, sorry if your name is missing!
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