Keeping it in the family

Two generations of actresses celebrate The Silver Sword at The Old Rep.

Two generations of actresses will unite at The Old Rep to celebrate a brand new adaptation of Ian Serraillier’s highly acclaimed and much-loved children’s novel, The Silver Sword, from Thursday 22nd-Saturday 24th October. Originally written in 1956, The Silver Sword was recently named as one of the top 50 children’s books of all time by The Times. This brand new musical co-production has been adapted for the stage by Susie McKenna and Steven Edis, and produced by Sell A Door.

The Silver Sword is a heart-warming tale of three children whose determination to become a family again takes them on an incredible adventure against all the odds. Along the way, Ruth, Edek and Bronia meet 14 year old Jan – a boy who, years before, had met their father by chance and been given the family’s precious Silver Sword, as proof to his children that he was still alive. Set in the immediate aftermath of World War Two, The Silver Sword follows the Polish children’s search for safety as Europe is divided up and displaced people return to their homelands.

The Silver Sword was the subject of a BBC adaptation in 1957, which featured Ingrid Sylvester as the youngest child, Bronia. On Friday 22 October, Ingrid will meet the two young girls, Catrin Connellan and Lily McGrath, playing the part of Bronia at The Old Rep in this brand new production, marking an important moment in the transition of The Silver Sword from a much loved children’s novel, to a hit television series, and now an acclaimed theatre production.

The Silver Sword plays at The Old Rep, Birmingham from Thursday 22nd-Saturday 24th October. Tickets are £14, with Concessions at £12. To book, please call the box office on 0121 359 9444 or visit (online booking fee applies).