Carrie's War


Nina Bawden's award-winning book has been consistently voted one of the nation's best-loved novels. Direct from the West End, this hugely successful stage adaptation by Emma Reeves for Novel Theatre brings to life Bawden's heart-warming, funny and evocative coming of age tale in a magical and beautifully staged production.

Carrie Willow and her brother Nick are wartime evacuees, sent from London to the mining valleys in Wales. Like millions of other English children at the outset of World War II, they are sent to safety in the countryside as part of ‘Operation Pied Piper’. They find themselves plunged into a strange new world of rural living with dangers and adventures of its own and encounter a group of characters who will change Carrie's life for ever: from the tyrannical Mr Evans, kind-hearted Auntie Lou, eccentric Mrs Gotobed, to the brilliant young Albert Sandwich and Hepzibah Green, the ‘witch’ at Druid's Bottom.

Nina Bawden based her best-selling 1973 novel on her own childhood experiences as an evacuee in Wales during the War. Carrie's War has since been adapted twice for television by the BBC, most recently in 2004, the same year that Bawden received the prestigious S T Dupont Golden Pen Award for a lifetime's contribution to literature.

Emma Reeves' stage adaptation of Carrie's War directed to great acclaim by Andrew Loudon premiered at the Lilian Baylis Theatre at Sadler's Wells in 2006. In 2009, the production opened in the West End with a successful summer season at the Apollo Theatre from 18 June to 12 September.

The 2010 touring production of Carrie's War visits eleven venues across the UK from 1 September to 27 November. The production features a thirteen-strong cast starring Brigit Forsyth (‘Thelma’ in Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? on TV; Arsenic & Old Lace on stage) and Hannah Waterman (‘Laura Beale’ in EastEnders and winner of Just the Two of Us with Marti Pellow on TV; Calendar Girls on stage).