A romantic, comic, and touching portrait of life during the early 1940s featuring readings of wartime letters between Oscar-nominated actress Celia Johnson and her explorer and writer husband Peter Fleming. More…
Their daughter, Lucy Fleming, alongside her own husband, Simon Williams, reads these touching and amusing letters that tell of Celia’s experiences during the war: coping with a large isolated house full of evacuated children, learning to drive a tractor, dealing with rationing, holidays in Cornwall where she took to surfing, and all the while accepting offers, when she could get away, to act — for David Lean, Noël Coward, wartime propaganda films, and ultimately starring in the classic film "Brief Encounter."
"Anyone looking for a civilized ninety minutes of adult amusement can't go wrong with this lovely, casual piece...That these letters are being read by Celia and Peter's daughter and son-in-law only adds to the poignancy of the experience...Both stars are relaxed, engaging personalities, with the effortless charm of longtime professionals. There are many more spectacular evenings in town, but not many as enjoyable." Full Review
"Metro area audiences will relish the opportunity to see this show that is an insight into the lives of two very interesting people and a reflection of the times...Lucy Fleming and Simon Williams' performance is splendid. They capture the genuine feeling of the letters and provide an informative narrative to round out the story. There are also projections that add to personal and historical moments." Full Review
for a previous production “This intimate and simply spellbinding performance...Lucy, along with...Williams, recites extracts from the letters revealing family news, a little backstage gossip, bags of humour and—above all—an abundance of love and affection between two ordinary people caught in extraordinary times...Twitter or e-mail exchanges are unlikely to provide us with quite such a restrained or revealing slice of social history....It was that kind of evening, one of sharing in another family’s heartfelt love.” Full Review
for a previous production “What a lovely, love-filled, heartwarming evening you will have with...This charming legacy of a show...Huge congrats to Fleming and Williams – and their family – for sharing these letters in such a generous way...This evening served extraordinarily well to remind me of the astounding strength of human resilience in the face of appalling adversities...But there is no self-pity...These letters burst bright with compassion." Full Review
See it if you enjoy epistolary theatre. Lucy Fleming and her husband, Simon Williams are a joy portraying Lucy's parents.
Don't see it if you do not enjoy epistolary theatre or if you need lush scenic design. This piece is for those who love words.
See it if you are interested in British life during WWII. Engaging reminder of sacrifices by brave, good people. Letters well read. Some projections.
Don't see it if you want somethg big. PLTM is modest in prodn values, but packs a punch. Truly lovely. Perfect for Anglophiles. Humor/loss/love/drudgery.
See it if you enjoy the epistolary form or are interested in the everyday British experience in World War 2 through the eyes of a writer and actress.
Don't see it if you're looking for a polished production; this is a reading of letters and narrative, as compiled by the protagonists' daughter.
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