The Night The War Ended 2021
London, 8 May 1945, the biggest party in history begins on the night that will be remembered forever. The city is buzzing with excitement, everyone is celebrating the most magical night in London's history, The Night The War Ended. Featuring soaring harmonies and a powerful narrative, our new evocative and heart-rending show The Night The War Ended will reveal a wide range of stories from those who survived, stories about their losses, sorrow, joy, achievement and the victory.
The show explores the story of teenage Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, who sneaked out of the palace and blended with the crowds. People are singing and dancing on the streets, everybody is celebrating this most memorable night in history. Fascinated by the crowds, the princesses embark on a poignant journey filled with danger, decisions and new experiences on one glorious night that will change them forever.
Written by acclaimed writing team Stephanie Jayne Amies, Teddy Clements (Tomorrow, Maybe) and Nicholas Scrivens and directed by international director Steven Dexter (Loserville, Paperboy and Closer To Heaven), this show promises to sweep the audience along the streets of London on that glorious night and grant them a chance to join the celebration and to share all the joy and excitement.
Director, Steven Dexter comments: “The Night the War Ended is a very relevant show for today. As we start taking our first steps out of lockdowns and restrictions so we speak the night with the young princesses Elizabeth and Margaret as they venture out for a night on the town in a new world. Margaret naturally being the rebellious one contemplates a future of not returning to the place. This reflects the Prince Harry break away for the establishment. None of these were intentional when we first started writing the show.”
Steven continues, “British Youth Music Theatre not only offers a totally unique experience for young people in being part of the creation of a new piece of music theatre but for the creatives as well. We as writers get to have our new work, rehearsed and performed fully staged in front of an audience. I don’t know any other organisation that enables this for creatives in the UK and I am so grateful for that experience.”
One of young performers from the cast, Emeli Mumford, 19, from Otley, West Yorkshire, who has done many shows with BYMT, says: “I’m so excited to be doing a show with like-minded talented people about such a relevant topic. The idea of the show is about this sense of freedom that everyone experienced at that moment, because the war was over, which is similar to what we are experiencing now. Now the vaccines are rolling, and we can start to live a bit more. The Night The War Ended is the first show I’ve done since COVID so there is extra excitement. Everyone is just so excited to be back. ” Emeli has done 4 BYMT’s projects, and is currently a student of Urdang Academy striding Musical Theatre.
Captivating with its infectious joy, this show with its bold and brilliant cast is a must see this summer! The Night The War Ended will be performed at the Theatre Royal Margate on 26-29 August