Archers actors to bring wartime letters to life

Wartime letters of Oscar-nominated actress Celia Johnson will be brought to life in this special event

A SPECIAL reading of wartime letters between Oscar-nominated actress Celia Johnson and her husband Peter Flemming will be held at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis next month. 

The letters will be read by the couple’s daughter Lucy Flemming, along with Simon Williams, both of whom are actors in BBC Radio 4 soap opera ‘The Archers’. They play Miranda and Justin Eliot and are also a married couple in real life.

This is a romantic, funny and very touching portrait of life during the early 1940s, featuring readings of wartime letters between Celia Johnson, known for her role in ‘Brief Encounter’, and her explorer and writer husband Peter Fleming, the brother of ‘James Bond’ creator Ian Fleming, who was posted to India and the Far East during the war, “as far away as the moon” working for Military Intelligence.

The letters give an insight into a young mother’s life coping during the war, mixed with wonderful stories about Celia Johnson working with Noel Coward and David Lean, leading to her starring role in the classic film ‘Brief Encounter’ in 1945.

‘A simply spellbinding performance… revealing an abundance of love and affection between ordinary people caught in extraordinary times… a theatrical gem’ The British Theatre Guide

‘Posting Letters to the Moon’ will be held at the Marine Theatre on Friday, April 26 with the bar opening at 7pm for an 8pm start.

Tickets cost £12.50 in advance or £15.50 on the door, with 10% off for Theatre Friends. To book, call 01297 442138 or visit www.marinetheatre.com

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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