Currently playing at the historic Alexandra Palace Theatre, Tom, Dick and Harry tells the real story of the infamous escape attempt from the Stalag Luft III prisoner of war camp during the Second World War. It’s one of the best West End shows to see this summer, with a script that was inspired by information that was classified until 1972.
The show is performed in the round, incorporating highly physical performances, floor projections and music to evoke the places and atmospheres of the story – the huts in the PoW camp, the tunnels, and the open land around the tunnel exit as the men make their bid for freedom.
Tom, Dick and Harry was co-written by Andrew Pollard, Michael Hugo and Theresa Heskins, all of whom have illustrious careers in the arts. Let’s learn a little more about them.
Andrew Pollard is a writer and actor with many years’ experience on the stage. His theatre roles have included Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days and Frank in Educating Rita, and he has also made appearances in several soaps including Hollyoaks and Coronation Street. He has also made many appearances in pantomimes at the Greenwich Theatre, playing the dame in Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk. In Tom, Dick and Harry, Andrew plays Lederman/Wings.
A seasoned stage actor, Michael Hugo has appeared as Passepartout in Around the World in 80 Days, Zipper in Astley’s Astounding Adventures, and Dr Coppelius in Tale Trail to Coppelia. He has also made several film and TV appearances, including an appearance in Coronation Street. In the production of Tom, Dick and Harry, Michael plays Huber/Bob.
Theresa Heskins is the artistic director of the New Vic Theatre in Staffordshire. She has worked on a wide range of stage adaptations, including The Snow Queen, which was awarded Best Production for Children and Young People at the 2017 UK Theatre Awards. She has also worked on productions of The 39 Steps, The Prince and The Pauper, A Christmas Carol, and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Theresa has also written original dramas for Radio 4, as well as novel adaptations for Women’s Hour, including Lady Audley’s Secret and Wives and Daughters. As well as co-writing Tom, Dick and Harry, she also directed the show.
Playing until 28 August, Tom Dick and Harry is among the most exciting London theatre shows in the West End this summer. With acrobatics and rousing music, it’s a carefully researched production with lots of heart and humour, and both debunks the myths surrounding the story of the escape and celebrates those who were involved. Book your London theatre tickets today to enjoy this inventive production.