★★★★★ “…a beautifully executed, sophisticated reflection on what it means to be a family.”
The Londonist. Read this Leave Hitler to Me Lad five star review.
★★★★ “…a triumph of strong, bold writing and a fine cast.”
Northern Soul. Read this Leave Hitler to Me Lad review.
★★★★ “…the most sensitive and well-written family show at the (Edinburgh) festival.”
Broadway Baby. Read this Leave Hitler to Me Lad review.
“…bulging with heart wrenching scenes…I doubt it’s the last time Duckegg will be asked to visit the big smoke.”
After Nyne Magazine. Read this Leave Hitler to Me Lad review.
“Tragic, bittersweet and captivating…”
“Leave Hitler to Me Lad tugs pretty hard at the heartstrings as it explores the suffering of abandoned children and of families still reeling from the effects of the Second World War, years after the guns fell silent.”
Musical Theatre Review.
“…the play is grounded in the quite extraordinary musicality of the production.”
A Younger Theatre.
Based on a true story, “Leave Hitler To Me, Lad” tells the untold tale of a lost generation of children in the aftermath of World War 2.
Brian’s Dad is a war hero and he’s coming home any day! He’s been coming home for 7 years… It’s 1952 and the country is rebuilding itself. King George is dead and Rock ‘n’ Roll is here to stay. Brian builds his own little family at Great Stony School with his rabbit Pandy, friends Gladys, an orphan, George, who doesn’t know where his parents are either and Mr Bill his Welfare Officer. Then there is Miss Bates, the Headmistress of Great Stony who rules the school with an iron fist. The children look forward to Sports Day – a day off Bates’ rules and sanctions. However, heads turn when glamorous teenager Pam appears to unravel the past and reveal a shocking secret that will turn Brian’s world upside down, forever. “…the most sensitive and well-written family show at the festival.” (Broadway Baby) Supported by Arts Council England.
Suitable for ages 10+ due to the difficult themes presented in the show; we don’t believe in shying away from difficult subjects. The show does not ‘sugar coat’ the content and includes a fight scene, some artificial smoking on stage and references to alcoholism and domestic violence. Therefore this production may not be suitable for those of a sensitive disposition.
Debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe 2011. West End run at the Arts Theatre in 2015.