Blitz spirit invoked at wartime show at Belgrade Theatre

Show producer Andy Eastwood as George Formby
Show producer Andy Eastwood as George Formby

Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre heralds the forthcoming remembrance weekend and the city’s blitz commemorations with a special gala concert tomorrow (Friday).

We’ll Meet Again pays tribute to the victims of the German air raid that devastated Coventry in November 1940.

But Andy Eastwood, the show’s producer, is keen for the show to be upbeat.

He said: “The amazing thing about the people who experienced those dark days is the spirit of grit and determination they mustered against all odds.

“The songs and entertainment of the time encouraged and reflected this, so our show recaptures the optimistic spirit of war-torn Britain by celebrating the hard-working performers who boosted the nation’s morale. It is absolutely essential that we remember and honour that generation, and doing so helps us to understand the value of peace today.”

Eastwood is no stranger to the music of the 1940s, having given over 1,000 performances portraying Britain’s biggest star of the war years, George Formby.

He is joined by musical comedians Steve Barclay and Pete Lindup, and singers Maggie O’Hara and Mervyn Francis, with accompaniment from a live band.

We’ll Meet Again is the final show of the Belgrade’s autumn variety season, and is described as a heartwarming and uplifting afternoon of music and laughter. The audience will sing along to swinging hits like In The Mood, Bless ‘Em All, Leaning On A Lamp-Post, and, of course, the title song We’ll Meet Again, a tribute to the ‘Forces’ Sweetheart’ Dame Vera Lynn, now in her 100th year.

The show starts at 1pm. Tickets cost £14.

Call 024 7655 3055 or visit www.belgrade.co.uk to book or for more information about the show.