In the year of her 100th birthday the legendary ‘Forces’ Sweetheart’ is remembered in the The Vera Lynn Story which comes to the Winter Garden, Eastbourne for the first time ever on Easter Sunday 16 April.
This celebratory show tells the story of how a simple girl from East Ham rose to become the most famous singer of her time. From her early years in working men’s clubs through her time with the leading dance bands of the 1930s to her incredible wartime popularity and beyond.
Even today Dame Vera is topping the charts with a new album 100 which went in at number 3 and has seen her hit the record books as the oldest living recording artist to score a top 10 album. Dame Vera said of her recent centenary birthday: “I have been quite overwhelmed by the response to my birthday,” adding the chart placing was “the icing on the cake.”
In this authentic stage biography, performer Samantha (who in the style of Madonna and Prince appears to have no use for a surname) takes the role of Dame Vera recalling the highs and lows of her life through fascinating anecdotes covering her life and career and the songs that made her famous including; We’ll Meet Again, A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square, My Son, My Son and White Cliffs of Dover.
Samantha is Britain’s foremost interpreter of Vera Lynn’s music. The songs are accompanied on the piano by James Hall, an experienced and talented accompanist and performer in his own right. Tickets are priced at £15.50 and are available from the box office on 01323 412000 or online www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk to find out more about Samantha see www.samantha.co.uk