Photograph of WW2 singing trio The Silhouettes


The New Theatre Royal will be marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day with a special day full of themed programming, featuring film screenings and live music.

11am, film screening
Went The Day Well? (1942, PG)
Adapted from a story by Graham Greene, Went the Day Well? depicts the greatest nightmare of the British public, that of secret German invasion. Released in 1942, produced by Ealing Studios and directed by Alberto Cavalcanti (who had experienced living under occupation in Europe), the film is unusually frank in its depiction of ruthlessness as a fictional village in southern England is taken over by German paratroopers.
With evocative music by William Walton, and a script full of suspense and surprises, Went the Day Well? features an ensemble cast of familiar faces; among them Thora Hird in her first significant role. In 2005 it was named among the ‘100 Greatest War Films’.
Duration: 1 hour 32 minutes
Tickets: £8.50

1.30pm, film screening
The Longest Day (1962, PG)
Famed for its authenticity, the script of ‘The Longest Day’ was adapted by war correspondent Cornelius Ryan from his book of the same name.
The film’s international ensemble cast features famous faces such as John Wayne, Sean Connery, Richard Burton, and Robert Mitchum. Many of the actors, including Henry Fonda, Eddie Albert, Leo Genn, and Rod Steiger, had seen action during the war. Richard Todd had participated in the assault on Pegasus Bridge and was among the first British officers to land in Normandy during Operation Overlord.
Winning many accolades for its epic action sequences, it was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture.
Duration: 3 hours
Tickets: £8.50

8pm, live music
The Silhouettes WW2 Trio Show
Commemorate D-Day 80 with The Silhouettes, a trio of vintage loving songstresses as they pay musical tribute to the entertainers who maintained morale throughout the 1940s.
The show features stunning vocal harmonies and playful choreography. This nostalgic and uplifting tribute features classics by icons of the era such as The Andrews Sisters, Vera Lynn, Billie Holiday, Gracie Fields, Elvis, Buddy Holly & Connie Francis.
Expect uplifting melodies, a traditional singalong and a grand patriotic finale.
Tickets: £20

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Film screenings £8.50 each
The Silhouettes: £20

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D-Day 80 at the New Theatre Royal

Type:Heritage & History

New Theatre Royal, 20-24 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2DD
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