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UK Premiece of ‘Nelson: The Sailors’ story’ comes to Havant

2 April 2015

RSC and West End performer Nicholas Collett follows up his hit show ‘Spitfire Solo’ with a spectacular feast of ocean-going action, surprise and song in the UK premiere of ‘Nelson – The Sailors’ Story’ at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre in Havant on Thursday 9th April 2015 at 7.30 pm.

Amidst the shot, smoke and din of battle, a surgeon, a midshipman, a gunner and a powder monkey aboard HMS Victory strive to destroy the Combined Fleet of France and Spain. Their fate – and that of their country - lies in the hands of one man – Horatio Nelson. Through the eyes of these men, all portrayed by Nicholas Collett, we find out what it was really like at Trafalgar.

Nicholas Collett explains what the show is about:

“It’s not just about Nelson - though he’s the focus - he’s an amazing man, a real character. He’s an inspirational leader, but flawed too, especially in his personal life, which makes it really interesting for people who might not know much about him.”

“I read a lot, talked to a few people I know who are Nelson enthusiasts and then dug a bit deeper. I liked the idea of showing naval life from the viewpoint of the men - who were recording their thoughts - probably the first time we have those opinions expressed from below deck. Then I’ve intermingled a bit about service life now, to draw the threads together.” 

“It’s the follow up to my first one-man show “Spitfire Solo”, about a retired ex-Battle of Britain pilot. That’s toured pretty much everywhere - all over the UK, Australia - twice - and the USA. I really enjoyed making the show with Gavin (Robertson - director of both shows) and so I decided I’d do another. It took a different direction to the one I’d originally envisaged - it has a direct connection with service people now.”

‘Nelson – The Sailors’ Story’ had its World Premiere at the GMT International Theatre Festival in Adelaide, South Australia in October 2013. After its performance at The Spring it will go on tour, playing various dates around the UK, before jetting off to the Kansas Fringe in July and then back to play the Edinburgh Fringe and then one night in the new theatre space in the hold of the Cutty Sark.

‘Nelson: The Sailor’s Story’ is on at The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre on Thursday 9 April at 7.30pm. Tickets £12.50, £11.25 concessions