We Happy Few


ISBN: 9781854598134
Author: By Imogen Stubbs
Publication Date: 1/07/2004
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Extent: 96pp.
Availability: Available


A comedy drama about an all-female theatre company touring Britain during the darkest days of World War Two, written by the well-known actress and premiered in the West End.

While the men are fighting Hitler and the bombs are falling on London, a ‘girls only’ theatre company sets out in a battered 1920s Rolls-Royce to bring Shakespeare to a culture-starved Britain.

Imogen Stubbs’ play We Happy Few was inspired by the real-life Osiris Players, whose travelling productions during the War inspired many to take up the profession – Judi Dench to name but one.

We Happy Few was premiered at the Gielgud Theatre in the West End in June 2004 in a production directed by Trevor Nunn and starring Juliet Stevenson and Patsy Palmer. An earlier version of the play was performed in 2003 at Malvern Theatres.

‘There isn’t a sweeter, warmer, more likeable play in London’
The Times

‘By far and away the funniest and saddest backstage play for half a century… If there has been a better or more achingly theatrical new play in the West End in the past year then I’ve not seen or heard of it’
Daily Express

‘Very funny. A fascinating slice of social history’
Time Out

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