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On from 08 Oct 2013 till 18 Oct 2013
Ye Olde Rose and Crown
by Howard Goodall
Genre(s): Musical, Drama

Tickets: £15 -


DAYS OF HOPE is set in Spain in 1939, in the dying moments of the Spanish Civil War. The story begins with a family celebrating the marriage of the daughter, Sofia, to an English volunteer, but the wedding meal is tinged with anger at Franco and his fascists. They plan to escape that night to England with Sofiafs groom, Stanley, but before the plan is executed, various visitors over the course of the evening bring different perspectives upon their condemnation of Franco, of Mussolini and Hitler for their intervention, and of Britainfs non-interventionc The family ends up being torn apart, trying to decide whether to flee or stay and fight.

Howard was inspired to write Days of Hope by the political events occurring in Eastern Europe in the late 1980s, and was interested that the ideas of freedom and democracy would be seen differently through the eyes of a country which was just discovering their meaning. Relating this to his choice of the Spanish Civil War as a setting for his musical, he said, gI felt that the best way to look at freedom and democracy was to look at it when it was collapsing and failing.

All Star Productions are delighted to bring this piece back to London having produced in 2011 the first London Revival of Howard's musical GIRLFRIENDS and in 2012 a new revue of Howard's theatre songs: LOVE & WAR.

This show reunites the team from last yearfs 4 times Off West End Award Nominated production of SHE LOVES ME.

Venue: Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, 53 Hoe Street, London, E17 4SA
Closest Tube/National Rail: Walthamstow Central, Victoria Line. (5 mins walk)
Dates: 8th – 18th October 2013
Times: Tuesday – Saturday at 7.30pm; Saturday and Sundays at 3.00pm;
Price: £15.00/ £12.50 Concessions
Box Office: 0843 289 2144

Cast: Rupert Baldwin, Jo Wickham, Emanuel Alba, Annie Kirkman, Alexander Barria, Lydia Marcazzo, Christopher Dingli.

Music and Lyrics: Howard Goodall
Book: Renata Allen
Director: Tim McArthur
Musical Director: Aaron Clingham
Casting Director: Benjamin Newsome
Designer: Ella Marie Fowler
Lighting Designer: John Brand
Produced by: Andrew Yon for All Star Productions Ltd
Other: Presented by arrangement with Faber Music Ltd, London


'This production demands to be seen. For those who both love and hate musicals.'
The Public Reviews

'A beautiful score and convincing performances by the cast, an exciting evening'
UK Theatre Network

'All Star Productions continue to offer high quality exciting theatre on the fringe'
Musical Theatre Review

'It's impossible to give it anything less than a perfect rating'
Views from the Gods

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