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Hear Gripping Tales Of Courage And Compassion During War
With the centenary of the First World War still being commemorated as we enter a new year, a new stage show is to be performed that provides dramatic real-life stories and accounts of courage and compassion in the midst of conflicts. Veteran television presenter Peter Snow and his wife Ann MacMillan, who have also written a book of the same name, combine to deliver an evening of War Stories at the Lichfield Garrick theatre on January 12.

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

War Stories is an in-depth fully illustrated account of ordinary people swept up by the horror of war. Such gripping true tales are often the stuff that legends are built upon, stories of the men and women who have pushed the barriers of bravery, suffering and sheer terror beyond the imaginable. The 31 stories gathered from history range from the 18th century to almost the present day. They include that of Edward Seager, who was an officer in the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War, Krystyna Skarbek, a Polish spy and saboteur during the Second World War, Benedict Arnold, a US turncoat in the American War of Independence, and Magdalene de Lancey, who nursed her dying husband after the Battle of Waterloo. The most recent of the War Stories is that of Ahmed Terkawi, a Syrian chemist who managed to escape from Homs with his family and survived a terrifying journey on foot, boat and bus to arrive in Sweden in 2015.

Charge of the Light Brigade
One of the stories centres on the Charge of the Light Brigade. By William Simpson (painter, 1823-1899)E. Walker (lithographer, unknown)Published by Goupil & Cie, Paris, and Day & Son, London. - The Library of Congress, Public Domain,

Peter Snow is a highly respected journalist, author and broadcaster who was ITN's Diplomatic and Defence Correspondent from 1966 to 1979 before becoming the presenter of 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 also the author of several books including To War with Wellington and When Britain Burned the White House. Ann MacMillan, the great granddaughter of David Lloyd George, 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 Snow 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.

Benedict Arnold
Benedict Arnold, who defected to the British during the American War of Independence. Benedict Arnold - By Hall, H. B., Artist (NARA record: 3123749) - U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Public Domain,

War Stories will be presented at the Lichfield Garrick on Friday 12 January at 7.30pm. The show will be followed by a book signing with John and Ann. Tickets are 20 and can be booked online or by calling the Box Office on 01543 412121.
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Why? Fascinating Insight Into Courage And Compassion In War
When: 12 Jan 2018
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Tickets £20 each
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Sounds fascinating.
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