Original article from Kent Live
Get ready to be taken on a magical journey through the ages, as the Theatre Royal Margate presents another spell-binding performance that will showcase the very best of musical theatre.
The Night The War Ended is a gripping and energy-infused show which will take you back to the historic decade of the 1940s.
It is based on a real life-story where Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret snuck out of the Royal Palace on May 8, 1945 – the very night Germany announced the surrender of its armed forces against the allies.
Spectators will be able to follow their incredible journey of danger, decisions and new experiences as they hear the real-life stories of soldiers and civilians who survived World War II.
The Night The War Ended, presented by British Youth Music Theatre (BYMT), will be running from Thursday, August 26 until Sunday, August 29, 2021.
Written by acclaimed writing team Stephanie Jayne Amies and Teddy Clements, book by Nicholas Scrivens and directed by international director Steven Dexter, it's the first time the production will be showcased to audiences in Margate and the surrounding areas for the first time.
Theatre-goers can expect a powerful narrative, vintage costumes and soaring harmonies from this original musical, set amid a night that was remembered forever by the entire nation.
A historic tale of adventure
If you love drama and excitement then you're going to love this glorious performance.
The Night The War Ended will be a show which sweeps the audience along on the streets of London with it.
Watch as the disguised royal Princesses, who cannot bear to watch the post-war celebrations from afar, slip away from the comforts of the palace and out into the real world.
Audiences will be able to see the entire narrative play out from the sisters' point of view, as they mingle with members of the crowd and hear shocking stories of warfare and extraordinary survival.
A talented cast and crew
As an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, BYMT auditions thousands of young people aged between 11-21 years nationwide each year for its upcoming theatre productions in the UK.
The organisation is dedicated to bringing out the very best from all of its cast and crew, and harnessing the talent that youngsters in the creative arts industry have to offer.
BYMT alumni that have created successful careers for themselves in the creative industries include world-famous names such as Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Lauren Samuels, Charlotte Ritchie, Jack Bence, Lucy Griffiths, Luke McCall, Grace Mouat, Gabriel Mokake, Aretha Ayeh and many more.
Other trainees have gone on to star in the likes of West End shows and leading tours including Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, & Juliet, and Hamilton.
Emeli Mumford, a young performer in The Night The War Ended from Otley, West Yorkshire, says: "I'm so excited to be doing a show with 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-19 so there is extra excitement. Everyone is just so excited to be back. ”
The Night The War Ended writer and director Steven Dexter says: "The Night the War Ended is a very relevant show for today. As we start taking our first steps out of lockdowns and restrictions it's similar to the night the young princesses Elizabeth and Margaret ventured 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 palace. This reflects the Prince Harry break away from the establishment. None of these were intentional when we first started writing the show.
"British Youth Music Theatre not only offers a 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."