Wartime nostalgia at The Webster Theatre

Some of the cast of 'Bless 'Em All'.
Some of the cast of 'Bless 'Em All'.

The producer of hit show ‘We’ll Meet Again’, Duggie Chapman MBE, is bringing a brand new Wartime Cavalcade show to Arbroath’s Webster Theatre to celebrate 100 years this year since the start of World War One.

‘Bless ‘Em All’ is a lively wartime revue featuring tributes to some of the greatest entertainers of the 1940s.

It stars comedy entertainer Steve Barclay, who brings impressions of the favourite wartime comedians and, by special request, the return of Britain’s greatest virtuoso of the ukulele, Andy Eastwood.

The show, which will be staged on Monday, March 17, also features a new singing star, Lucia Matisse, who will perform the songs of Dame Vera Lynn and Gracie Fields along with a touch of Ann Shelton.

The show has a full supporting cast of singers with Jamie Steen paying tribute to Bing Crosby, Donald Peers and Al Bowlly, and Mervyn Francis, former singer from the Black and White Minstrel Show.

With live music from the Martyn St James Band, here is an afternoon show with a tribute to our Armed Forces of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

With all the great songs and music of the war years, this is damp eye nostalgia that leaves everyone with a warm and sentimental glow.

Tickets are priced at £14 or £12.50 for concessions, and one in 10 seats is free for group bookings. The show will begin at either 2 p.m. or 2.30 p.m. which can be checked at the box office when booking.

The show is part of a packed schedule at the Webster which this weekend includes the Angus District heat of the Scottish Community Drama Association’s annual national one-act play competition.

Local drama clubs will perform short plays with public comments and judging by Colin Peter from Edinburgh. The Angus winners will go through to the next round of the competition.

The competition’s northern divisional heat for youth teams will also be held at the theatre on Saturday, March 15, beginning at 5 p.m.

Winning teams from Angus, Aberdeen, Perthshire and Orkney will perform short plays with public comments and judging by Richard Ellis from Edinburgh. The winning team will go through to the Scottish finals in June.

Britain’s favourite soprano, Lesley Garrett, will join the Arbroath Male Voice Choir on stage on Thursday, March 20 and Friday, March 21 for a fabulous and unforgettable evening of music and song to celebrate 80 years of the choir - truly an event not to be missed!

With more than 40 men on stage this popular east of Scotland choir will bring audiences the power and passion of male voice singing with selections from the popular, classical and musical theatre repertoire under the direction of Sheena Guthrie.

Arbroath Rotary Club is staging a musical evening featuring a variety of local acts on Friday, March 28 at 7.30 p.m. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Heart Start UK charity.

Irish country music star Nathan Carter will be coming to The Webster on Friday, April 4. This young man, at the age of 23, has already taken Ireland by storm and attracts large crowds or full houses wherever he goes.

He is becoming a big favourite in Scotland and this show in Arbroath gives an opportunity to hear some of his great hits like ‘Wagon Wheel’, ‘One For The Road’ and ‘The Rainbow in Glenfarne’.

With Nathan being an expert accordion player audiences can expect a bit of a hooley as well.