New play Tom, Dick & Harry to open at New Vic Theatre ahead of London run

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The world premiere of new play Tom, Dick and Harry will open at the New Vic Theatre in June.

A co-production between New Vic and Kenny Wax Ltd, the show is based on the true story behind the escape from Stalag Luft III; with a script inspired by classified documents.


Written by Andrew Pollard, Michael Hugo and Theresa Heskins, Tom, Dick and Harry will run from Friday, 10 June to Saturday, 9 July 2022.

Directed by Theresa Heskins, the production will run at the Alexandra Palace Theatre in London from 26 July to 28 August.

The creative team is completed by choreographer Beverley Norris-Edmunds, set designer Laura Willstead, costume designer Lis Evans, lighting designer Daniella Beattie, sound designer Alex Day, musical director/composer James Atherton, vocal coach Caroline Heatherington, and assistant director Filiz Ozcan. Casting, by Anji Carroll CDG, is to be announced.

1943. A prisoner of war camp in Nazi-occupied Europe. Above ground, is a prison impossible to escape. But below ground, the prisoners spy an opportunity. For these are not ordinary prisoners.

Serial escapees, the prisoners held in Stalag Luft III begin an exhilarating game of cat and mouse with their captors. Hiding their covert activity in plain sight with gymnastic exercise, choir practice, and cabbage growing (!), the men tunnel deep into the ground beneath the camp’s huts, and soon the most intricate, most audacious, greatest escape of them all is underway…

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New Vic Artistic Director Theresa Heskins, who will direct the play, said: “It’s such an inspiring story of spirit and determination. We’ll tell it as a really dynamic, vibrant piece of theatre that celebrates the ingenuity and spirit of the escapees.

“The story is comic, and tragic, and an adventure, and quite thoughtful at times. I think audiences will be fascinated to learn what we discovered in the archives, which honours the memory of those involved at the same time as offering some surprising insights.

“And of course, we’re making it as theatre-in-the-round, which is such an engaging way to make and see a play: audiences feel so much a part of the action, which makes for a spirit of togetherness that is very much in keeping with this story about how much can be achieved when people work together.”

Co-producer Kenny Wax added: “Having worked with Theresa, Andy and Mike on ‘80 Days’ and loving the unique physicality that they brought to that fictional novel, I didn’t hesitate to jump on board when offered the opportunity to partner in the re-telling of this extraordinary true story.”

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