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True Accounts Of Heroism Presented By Peter Snow And Wife
With the centenary of the First World War currently being commemorated, and war films seemingly showing no sign of abating either at the cinema or on television, it is perhaps no surprise that the subject of war has found its way onto the live stage. War Stories, which is performed at the Lichfield Garrick theatre on October 5, is described as a series of true accounts of 'courage, cunning and compassion' in wartime. It is presented by veteran broadcaster and author Peter Snow and his wife, fellow journalist and writer Ann MacMillan.

Peter Snow, Ann MacMillan
Husband and wife Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan present War Stories

War Stories promises to deliver a fascinating illustrated account of ordinary people swept up by the horror of war. The husband and wife team of Peter and Ann have based their talk on their own eponymous book which draws on 30 true stories about men and women who have made their mark on wartime history. The stories, which probably fall into the category of the stuff that legends are built upon, tell of the men and women who have pushed the barriers of bravery, suffering and terror beyond the imaginable. Such stories range from the incredible escape of John Bukleley and a handful of the crew of a Royal Navy warship wrecked on the coast of Chile up to today's horrifying ordeal of a Syrian refugee and his family nearly drowned during their escape to Greece.

Lichfield Garrick
Lichfeld Garrick will also hold a post show book signing

Peter Snow is a highly respected journalist, author and broadcaster who was ITN's Diplomatic and Defence Correspondent from 1966 to 1979 and then presented BBC's Newsnight from 1980 to 1997. An indispensable part of election nights, he has also covered military matters on and off the world's battlefields for 40 years. He presented the BBC documentaries Battlefield Britain and The World's Greatest Twentieth Century Battlefields with his son Dan. He is the author of several books including To War with Wellington and When Britain Burned the White House. His wife, Ann MacMillan, is the great granddaughter of David Lloyd George who grew up in Canada where she worked for CHIN Radio, Global TV News and CTV News. She moved to London in 1976 when she married Peter and worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation until 2013. She was the CBC's managing editor in London for the last 13 years of her career.

Lichfield Garrick
Theatre audience invited to hear true tales of heroism

War Stories is playing at the Lichfield Garrick on Thursday 5 October. The show will be followed by a book signing with John and Ann. Tickets are 20 and can be booked online at or by calling the Box Office on 01543 412121.
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Why? Hear True Accounts Of Real Wartime Heroism
When: 5 October 2017
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Tickets cost £20
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