CELEBRATIONS are afoot at Stratford Play House.
The Rother Street venue is drumming up some much-needed community spirit as it prepares to make up for the missed opportunity to mark VE day in May.
The theatre will be swinging along to a musical matinee with the ‘Hits From The Blitz’ show on Sunday November 7, at 3pm.
The feel-good 1940s show, as featured at Dame Vera Lynn’s Charity Gala Nights, boasts famous war-time tunes and ‘sing-a-longs’ brought to life by the singers and multi-instrumentalists of the Five Star Swing band.
Venue manager Rebecca Hallworth said: “Many have likened the pandemic similar to that of the war years and sadly last year we missed the opportunity to really celebrate VE day as we had all intended.
“However, now some normality is forming, on November 7, Stratford Play House are planning to celebrate VE Day and the community spirit that was formed during the difficult war years – but also the Covid pandemic – in suitable fashion.
“This is an afternoon for everyone – for those who love all things vintage, those who can laugh and see the bright side of life even during the toughest times or for those who simply wish to reminisce. And of course a chance for everyone to honour the people who fought the battle and lost their lives.
“It would be great if people put their glad rags on – jive and swing the day away!”