John Boyne’s bestselling novel transfers to the Cambridge stage on 23-27 June, performed by The Children’s Touring Partnership.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas tells the heart-wrenching tale of two boys, born on the same day, and their forbidden friendship under the rule of the Nazis. Bruno is the privileged son of a German commandant, living outside the perimeter of a concentration camp. Shmuel is a Polish Jew, whose family has been sent to Auschwitz.
Bored and lonely, one day Bruno discovers the camp where he meets Shmuel through the fence. Heartbreakingly, Bruno doesn’t understand the purpose of the camps, or that Shmuel is doomed to die. It’s a levelling reminder of how the prejudices of the elder generation impact the young, and how everyone is equal in a child’s eyes.
This well-received adaptation by Angus Jackson comes from the same company behind the excellent stage versions of Swallows and Amazons and Goodnight Mister Tom.
It is suitable for ages 11+ and starts at 7pm (matinees 2.30pm Sat, 1.30pm Wed & Thur). Tickets are priced from £15.