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Pieces of String Online

To honour and celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8 May, we are delighted to have been able to stream our hit musical, Pieces of String, online, for free.

Thank you to everyone who tuned in for this one-off screening. We hope you enjoyed the show!

Age guide 14+. Contains adult themes.

Pieces of String

This recording was be available until 11:59pm on Fri 8 May. We hope you enjoyed our VE Day showing! 

To celebrate VE Day 2020, we are proud to present our hit 2018 production, Pieces of String, online. This new British musical, which premiered on the Mercury stage, explores three generations of one family, alternating between the 1940s and the present day, telling the story of a World War II soldier who returned with a secret that he would carry until the day he died.

With hauntingly beautiful music and a heart-rending human story, Pieces of String is a tender, funny, emotionally-charged exploration of how three generations of one family learn to deal with a story that nobody’s been brave enough to tell until today.

Times may have changed but some battles still need to be fought.

Written and composed by Gus Gowland, Pieces of String was developed by Perfect Pitch and co-produced by the Mercury Theatre Colchester and TBO Productions. The musical was a hit with audiences in Colchester and went on to win the Stage Debut Award 2018 for Best Composer or Lyricist and was nominated for Best Musical Theatre Bookwriting – Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and Best Musical Production – UK Theatre Awards.

Age guide 14+. Contains adult themes.
More information on the cast and creative team can be found here

Find out more about our VE Day Celebration plans here

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What the critics said

★★★★ “A seriously impressive and utterly lovely new British musical” – The Stage

★★★★★ “Bold and exciting…beautiful, tender…magnificently directed…beautifully moving” –

★★★★★ “Go see Pieces of String and discover for yourself a formidable and magical musical experience” – Boyz Magazine

“You simply have to see it to appreciate this truly exquisite piece of theatre” – Theatre Life

“The best show I’ve seen this year by a mile! Absolutely wonderful! ” – The VI Critic

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