The Silver Sword maps the Balicki Family Children, Ruth, Edek and Bronia’s survival in war-torn Warsaw in the aftermath of WWII, left behind to fend for themselves.

A chance encounter with an orphan called Jan, who has their father’s paper knife, affectionately known as the Silver Sword, gives the children the proof they need that their father is still alive. This sparks an adventurous journey in search of reunion - encountering people from every nation and animals such as Jimpy the cockerel, Bistro the chimpanzee and Ludwig the dog.

The Silver Sword was named as one of the top 50 children’s books of all time by The Times, this new adaptation is a musical treat for all the family.


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Video : Designing The Silver Sword

Designer Lotte Collett reveals her ideas for the stage adaptation of Ian Serraillier's heart-warming children's book, The Silver Sword.

  • Tom Mackley - Jan

    Tom Mackley

  • Nathan Turner - Joe Wolski/ Gypsy Man

    Nathan Turner

  • Lucy Tregear - Frau Wolff/ Mrs Krause

    Lucy Tregear

  • Julian Harries - Joseph

    Julian Harries

  • John O’Mahoney - Herr Wolff

    John O’Mahoney

  • Oliver Buckner - Edek

    Oliver Buckner

  • Sue Appleby - Margarit

    Sue Appleby

  • Rachel Flynn - Ruth

    Rachel Flynn

  • Alex Knox - Adam/Major Hargreaves

    Alex Knox

  • Susie McKenna - Director

    Susie McKenna

  • Steve Edis - Musical Director

    Steve Edis

  • Lotte Collett - Designer

    Lotte Collett

  • David W. Kid - Lighting Designer

    David W. Kid

  • Tom Marshall - Sound Designer

    Tom Marshall

  • Scott Broker - Puppet Designer/Maker

    Scott Broker

  • Anna Fox - Associate Director

    Anna Fox