Escape in World War History to Receive World Premiere

This June, the New Vic will co-produce a brand new stage play with Kenny Wax Ltd (The Play That Goes Wrong, Six The Musical), based on the true story behind the escape from Stalag Luft III in World War II..

Tom, Dick and Harry will open at the New Vic with performances from Friday 10 June to Saturday 9 July. Co-written by theatre favourites Andrew Pollard and Michael Hugo alongside New Vic Artistic Director Theresa Heskins, this production from the team behind smash hit Around the World in 80 Days will debunk the myths, honour the people involved, and tell the true story of one of the most daring escape attempts in World War history.

An incredible tale about solidarity across nations, and of an unbreakable spirit to achieve the impossible, with a script inspired by top secret information that was classified in the war archives until 1972, Tom, Dick and Harry is filled with dynamic drama, humour and breathtaking theatricality.

New Vic Artistic Director Theresa Heskins, who will direct the play, said: “It’s such an inspiring story of spirit and determination. We’ll tell it as a really dynamic, vibrant piece of theatre that celebrates the ingenuity and spirit of the escapees. The story is comic, and tragic, and an adventure, and quite thoughtful at times. I think audiences will be fascinated to learn what we discovered in the archives, which honours the memory of those involved at the same time as offering some surprising insights. And of course we’re making it as theatre-in-the-round, which is such an engaging way to make and see a play: audiences feel so much a part of the action, which makes for a spirit of togetherness that is very much in keeping with this story about how much can be achieved when people work together.”

Co-producer Kenny Wax said: “Having worked with Theresa, Andy and Mike on ‘80 Days’ and loving the unique physicality that they brought to that fictional novel, I didn’t hesitate to jump on board when offered the opportunity to partner in the re-telling of this extraordinary true story”.

Tom, Dick and Harry will open at the New Vic from Friday 10 June to Saturday 9 July 2022, before embarking on a national tour. For more information visit

Tony Walley
Tony Walley
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