SURREY theatre-goers have the chance to see a passionate war-time thriller before it heads to the West End.
Lotty’s War – starring Lark Rise To Candleford actress Olivia Hallinan – is set during the occupation of the Channel Islands in the Second World War, the only piece of Britain captured by the Nazis.
Based on recently discovered diaries, the play is a story of love, courage and betrayal written by Guernsey-born Giuliano Crispini.
On June 28, 1940, a squadron of German bombers raided the main harbour of Guernsey, killing 44 islanders, including Lotty’s father.
With the last boat to England gone and the brutal German army taking hold, Lotty is housed in close quarters with the enemy. She then faces a struggle between her loyalty to her homeland and the temptations of forbidden love.
As well as Hallinan, who played Laura Timmins in Lark Rise, Lotty’s War stars Mark Letheren, who has appeared in Wire in the Blood, Casualty and The Bill, and Adam Gillen, who is best known for his roles in Benidorm and Prisoner’s Wives.
Directed by Bruce Guthrie, the national tour of Lotty’s War opens at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on Wednesday (September 3) and runs until Saturday September 13, ahead of its West End transfer.