Friday, 18 June 2021

Wartime play raising money for Legion

THE Henley Players’ latest production will raise money for the Royal British Legion.

The Accrington Pals is set in the Lancashire town during the First World War and tells the story of men from a volunteer battalion, contrasting their experiences in the trenches with the lives of women working at home.

The show will be at the Kenton Theatre in Henley from next Wednesday to Saturday. Programmes cost £2, with half the money going to the charity, and will be on sale at the Legion stall at the Henley volunteer fair in Falaise Square tomorrow (Saturday) and at the theatre. Volunteers will have collection boxes before and after each show.

Mayor Martin Akehurst and Lt Col Peter Blaker, a volunteer fund-raiser for the Legion, launched the production at Harpsden village hall last week. They were joined by Jude Mawbey, 16, from Middle Assendon, a student at The Henley College, who is making his stage debut in the play.

The performances will be daily at 7.30pm and there will be a Saturday matinée show at 2.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£9 for senior citizens and students). To book, call the box office on (01491) 575698 or visit

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