Barris offers a bit of theatre in Great Escape tale

GREAT_ESCAPE_JACKET_FINAL_FRONT_EThe Theatre Museum of Canada has invited Ted Barris to speak to a special gathering at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto, on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. While his topic focuses on his new bestselling book, The Great Escape: A Canadian Story, Barris offers Theatre Museum members the fascinating tale of the role the full-service theatre at Stalag Luft III played in the most celebrated POW escape of the Second World War. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Hollywood blockbuster movie The Great Escape, (with Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, etc.). But as Ted will demonstrate drawing from his book, the most famous WWII POW breakout was not a story of British heroes and Yankee know-how. The Great Escape was very much a story of Canadian leadership and courage. In particular, at the Arts & Letters Club appearance, Ted will present images and stories associated with the Stalag Luft III theatre and the escape itself. It’s more exciting than the Hollywood movie. And it’s all true!. As always, he will have copies of his books for sale and autographing.

When: Tuesday, December 10, 2013.

Where: Arts & Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, Toronto, 416-597-0223

Contact: Michael Wallace, Director, Theatre Museum of Canada, mwallace@theatremuseumcanada.ca

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