The indomitable spirit of Londoners at the height of the Blitz comes to the fore in a stirring musical at Limelight Theatre this November and December
Written by Lionel Bart – best known as composer of Oliver! – and directed by Alan Brock, Blitz! is a musical full of family feuds, fun and forbidden love, sprinkled with nostalgic wartime melodies and rich characters.
The story focuses on the intense mutual dislike of Cockney stallholder Alfred Locke and his neighbouring Jewish trader Mrs Blitztein.
Both are displeased when Mrs Blitztein’s daughter and Alfred’s son fall in love and eventually marry.
Originally staged in 1962, Blitz! was never seen for many years, largely because the original scores went missing.
It was reassembled in Australia by 19-year-old Andrew Jarrett in 1985, leading Bart to come out of obscurity to see the production.
Blitz! plays at 8pm November 24, 25, 26, 30, December 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Tickets are $32, $28 concession – book at www.limelighttheatre.com.au or on 0499 954 016 between 9am and midday, Monday to Friday.
Limelight Theatre is located on Civic Drive, Wanneroo.