Fol Espoir in association
with Jermyn Street Theatre and The Real MacGuffins
Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain
Created by Dan March, James Millard,
Matt Sheahan and John Walton
Directed by John Walton
Set and Costume by Martin Thomas
Sound by Jon McLeod
Movement by Sam Fogell
Accent support by Stacey Jenson
Writing support by Freddie Machin
Performed by Dan March, James Millard and Matt Sheahan
One last chance to catch the hit comedy before it transfers to New York!
★★★★ “Wholly idiotic, inducing a helpless laughter that almost incapacitates the audience… an unforgettable experience.” The Stage
It’s 1942 and a horde of Yankee servicemen have just arrived in England – where the locals speak a strange dialect, boil all their food, and talk endlessly about the weather. The Americans see the Brits as a strange race. Get ready to judge for yourself in a night of joyous laughter and downright silliness as a crack team of experts attempt to explain the rules of British life.
Inspired by the 1942 pamphlet given to GIs on their way to Blighty, the show takes audience back to the British home front, where two American officers have been charged with explaining British life to their recently arrived countrymen. The problem is, they’ve only just arrived themselves! Will the plucky team succeed in explaining the quirks and customs of everyday British life? Or will Hitler’s propaganda split the allies asunder? The future of the free world hangs in the balance.
Returning to the Jermyn Street Theatre after a hit-run in 2017, this is the show’s final London performance before transferring to New York.
★★★★ “A gloriously funny show – vivacious, edge-of-your-seat enjoyment that never skips a beat.” The Upcoming
★★★★ “A fond and affectionate parody, Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain guarantees laughs and nostalgia in spades.” Britishtheatre.co.uk
★★★★ “On and on the show proceeds, faster and faster, increasingly over-the-top but gloriously hilarious. A witty and whimsical production.” Londontheatre1.com
★★★★ “Performed with infectious energy by three actors who are so likeable they almost defy you not to enjoy yourself.” LondonBoxOffice.co.uk
★★★★ “Packed with puns and innuendo, the slickness and pace of this brilliant group made it great fun for all ages… A thoroughly entertaining evening.” Essential Surrey
★★★★ “The feel-good factor started as soon as we entered the theatre.” The Richmond Magazine
★★★★ “A tender snapshot of wartime Britain – fast-paced, affectionate, authentic and wildly funny.” The Stage
“Lighthearted and unrepentantly silly, this production is bound to leave a smile on your face.” Everything Theatre
“The Brits in the audience found it all hilarious. So did this American.” The American Magazine
Adapted with permission from the Bodleian Library’s publication “Instructions for American Servicemen, 1942”.
RUNNING TIME: 110 minutes (incl interval of 15 mins)
£20.00 / £16.00 concessions: