It is 1948, and England is recovering from a war. But at 21 Nevern Street, London, the conflict has only just begun. Queenie Bligh’s neighbours do not approve when she agrees to take in Jamaican lodgers, but Queenie doesn’t know when her husband will return, or if he will come back at all. What else can she do? Gilbert Joseph was one of the several thousand Jamaican men who joined the RAF to fight against Hitler. Returning to England as a civilian he finds himself treated very differently. It’s desperation that makes him remember a wartime friendship with Queenie and knock at her door. Gilbert’s wife Hortense, too, had longed to leave Jamaica and start a better life in England. But when she joins him she is shocked to find London shabby, decrepit, and far from the golden city of her dreams. Even Gilbert is not the man she thought he was.
18 July – Potters Field (montalbano), Camerelli
15 August – Englands Mistress, Kate Williams
19 Sept – Winter in Madrid, C J Sansome
17 Oct – House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
21 Nov – Little Fires Everywhere, NG or Hidden Lives, Margaret Forster
12 December – Lunch followed by discussion of Winter Ghosts, Kate Mosse
Manon (ballet) 3 May 7.15. Encore 6th May 2pm
Swan Lake tues 12 June 7.15pm . Encore 17th June 2pm.
If you are interested in any of these the tickets can be booked on the Vue web site seats usually cost £15.