A RICHMOND theatre is to host a powerful drama to mark the centenary of the First World War.

The Georgian Theatre Royal will see Talbot House performed on Friday, June 13 at 7.30pm.

The play tells the story of a house that provided a safe haven for thousands of British soldiers in Poperinge, Belgium, just a few miles from the front line, offering time out for the allied troops.

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Talbot House, written by Peter Gill, pays tribute to the house where soldiers could enjoy some of the comforts from home and remember the men that they were.

Run by a diminutive chaplain named Tubby Clayton, the house became known by its army signaller’s code of Toc H and ultimately would be the inspiration for the international association with that name that still exists today for Christian social service.

The play, performed by Beyond Eternity Productions, is aimed at a family audience and, using poetry and music from the Great War, recreates the atmosphere of the house.

Tickets from £7 to £20 are available from the box office on 01748-825252 or via the online booking service at wgeorgiantheatreroyal.co.uk.