Our Friends The Enemy at Theatre Row's Lion Theatre


David Adkin presents Our Friends The Enemy: The 1914 Christmas Truce, written by and starring Alex Gwyther and directed by Tom O'Brien, which begins previews Theatre Row's Lion Theatre on 8 December 2015, with an official opening on 12 December and a limited engagement through to 20 December 2015.

Producer David Adkin released the following statement:

"There is a chance that some Americans maybe not be as familiar with, but it is a very relevant story of hope and humanity to which we can all relate. In the UK we grew up with this remarkable story of soldiers putting down their guns to exchange gifts and play football together on the battlefield and I am thrilled to bring this show to NYC and share it with US audiences. It is a story that we must keep alive."

Synopsis: "Our Friends The Enemy takes place on The Western Front during Christmas 1914, when not even a World War could destroy the soldiers Christmas spirit. Private James Boyce tells a very different kind of Christmas story, of how, on a frigid Christmas Eve of World War I, some British and German soldiers stopped their fighting and emerged from their trenches to spend Christmas together. They sang songs, exchanged gifts and even played a friendly game of soccer, Our Friends The Enemy takes us on a magical and haunting journey through the remarkable Christmas Truce."

Our Friends The Enemy: The 1914 Christmas Truce previously played limited engagements in London and Edinburgh, as well as two UK tours.

- by Tom Millward

Alex Gwyther in Our Friends The Enemy:
The 1914 Christmas Truce