Edinburgh hit to transfer to London
Following sell out performances at the Space @ Surgeon’s Hall and a fabulous clutch of five star reviews, Glenn Chandler’s latest play, The Good Scout is transferring to London, where it previewed at Above the Stag.
The Good Scout is the first-ever play written about the Hitler Youth and Boy Scouts exchange in the 1930s.
In the 1930s, Lord Baden-Powell and Joachim von Ribbentrop, Hitler’s London ambassador, instigated exchange visits between British boy scouts and Hitler Youth, in the expectation that they would influence one another.
This timely story, exploring a secret corner of British pre-war history, comes as fascism is again on the rise in Europe. In 1937, Hitler Youth were invited to various parts of the UK with their bicycles and cameras. MI5, alarmed by Baden-Powell’s reverence of Hitler, had them watched. In Tamworth, Staffordshire, the half-German scoutmaster saw himself as a local Commandant and was eventually imprisoned as a threat to the nation.
Glenn Chandler came across the story of the Hitler Youth visits by chance and thought it too good to pass up. The Good Scout is the first-ever play based on this astonishing historical record. It stars Charlie Mackay, Amanda Bailey, Lewis Allcock, Clement Charles, and young German actors Clemente Lohrand Simon Stache.
This is the latest show from Boys of the Empire Productions, following Sandel (2013), Lord Dismiss Us (2017) and Kids Play(2018), which won the Broadway Baby Bobby Award for Best Play on the Fringe. All subsequently transferred to London.
Aside from his theatre work, Glenn Chandler is best known for Taggart which still holds the record as the longest-running TV detective series in the world (28 years).
Posted on August 5, 2019