Malaya 1948 and the British Army is fighting communism. One of its secret weapons is the bawdy humour and musical revue of the Song and Dance Unit South East Asia – better known as SADUSEA.

Join Captain Terri Dennis as he attempts to create a sparkling show, despite being landed with a bunch of wet behind the ears recruits who can’t tell a tap step from a tea cup.

Under the increasingly deranged eye of a Sergeant Major convinced that Christianity can overcome Communism, can new boy Steven Flowers keep his nerve, and lose his virginity, before the final curtain?

Based on playwright Nichols’ own experiences entertaining the troops during his national service with Kenneth Williams and Stanley Baxter, Privates On Parade is a portrait of a forgotten struggle and an affectionate musical tribute to the British Army entertainment corps. Expect strong language, song, dance and comedy.

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  • Address: Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP, West Midlands, England
  • The main auditorium at Birmingham Repertory Theatre

  • Box Office: 0121 236 4455
  • Phone: 0121 245 2000

Part of First Stages Spring Summer 2009

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where else please is the play on tour if we miss birmingham.

Hi Keith

*Privates On Parade* is a co-production between The REP and West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. The show is in Leeds from 15 September to 11 October.

I hope you are able to catch the show, it looks set to be great fun!


We went to see Privates on Parade on the last day at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. So pleased to have experienced it - it's fantastic! Sheer exuberance and very funny. I urge anyone to go and see it.

Brilliant show, couldn't stop laughing, but also brings out the sadness extremely well.

Worth the ticket price!

Went to see Privates on Parade last night - had front row seats and I was transfixed from start to finish. The diversity and musical ability of the performers is entertaining and there are moments of the production which are both heart-warming and moving...You must see this show...

I've booked again for next Tuesday!

We saw this last night and were both extremely glad we booked!

It (and the actors) were brilliant. It was funny and sad and the only thing lacking from the performance was a full audience - what a shame more people weren't there to share the experience!

Thank you.

Saw the show last night! What a great production, thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the show. Brilliant cast and a great night out, highly recommended