December 1914. As families across Europe gather to celebrate Christmas, a generation of young men find themselves far away from their loved ones in the trenches of the Western Front. There they face a world seemingly devoid of any peace or goodwill. But on Christmas Eve 1914, as the men of the Warwickshire Regiment shelter in their trenches, something astonishing happens. Across no-man's land they hear music. The German soldiers are singing Christmas carols; the same carols their families are listening to, hundreds of miles away in Birmingham, Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon. Leaving their trenches, carrying only their courage and their humanity, they go to meet their enemies; not to fight, but talk, to exchange gifts, to celebrate Christmas. And the next day, together, they play an unforgettable game of football.
Phil Porter is a multi-award-winning playwright and librettist. His work has been produced at Manchester Royal Exchange, Northampton Theatre Royal, The Unicorn Theatre and The Royal Opera House.His plays include Vice Versa (RSC), The Man With The Hammer (Plymouth Theatre Royal), The Christmas Truce (RSC), Blink (Soho/nabokov), The Cracks In My Skin (Manchester Royal Exchange, Bruntwood Award winner) and Stealing Sweets And Punching People (Theatre 503/Off-Broadway). Edits/adaptations include Moliere’s The Miser (West End, with Sean Foley), Middleton’s A Mad World, My Masters (RSC, with Sean Foley), Shakespeare’s The Tempest (RSC/Little Angel) and Janos Hay’s The Stonewatcher (National Theatre). Plays/libretti for young audiences include Moominsummer Madness (Polka/Northampton), The Flying Machine (Unicorn Theatre), Smashed Eggs (Pentabus, winner of Arts Council Children’s Award) and Pinocchio (Royal Opera House).