War Veterans Take To The Stage

 Combat Veteran Players

A real-life Band of Brothers & Sisters


Nicola De Maine

Nicola joined the CVP in early 2015 to play Olivia in the company’s production of Twelfth Night. She previously served as an officer in the Royal Navy from 2003 to 2011. As well as nurturing a rediscovered love of acting, she is busy writing her first novel.

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Why you should come and see the Combat Veteran Players production of Richard III

Posted on June 24, 2016 at 6:50 AM

Working up a sweat. Eating five pieces of fruit and veg a day. Avoiding too much stress.

These are all things that we are told are good for us but that, if we’re honest, can sometimes be tricky to achieve due to hectic lifestyles and busy working weeks. But for those of you who break out in a cold sweat at the mention of the word ‘gym’ and would rather eat their own toe fluff than a plate of curly kale, there is something far less menacing that is good for you. Going ...

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Artist Arabella Dorman On Her Richard III Portrait

Posted on June 20, 2016 at 6:00 AM

Artist Arabella Dorman at work

We are thrilled to announce that internationally renowned conflict artist and portrait painter Arabella Dorman has chosen CVP actor, Shaun Johnson, as a subject for one of her works to be shown in a new exhibition, Hidden Scars, planned to coincide with th...

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MINEFIELD by Lola Arias at the Royal Court Theatre

Posted on June 11, 2016 at 12:40 AM

We're always happy to support work that touches on themes and experience similar to those that have shaped the lives of the members of the Combat Veterans Players. This month MINEFIELD by Lola Arias at the Royal Court Theatre has captured our imagination.


by Lola Arias

2 – 11 Jun

Royal Court Theatre


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The CVP Perform on Shakespeare's Birthday for His Royal Highness Prince Charles

Posted on April 28, 2016 at 4:40 PM

Prince Charles, His Royal Highnessh the Prince of Wales visits Shakespeare's New Place, the playwright's adult home for 19 years where he watched a performance of an extract from 'Richard III' by the Combat Veterans Players on April 23, 2016 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.

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Living in the Present at Shakespeare's Globe

Posted on February 8, 2016 at 9:20 AM

Last month we had the privilege of attending a day long workshop at Shakespeare’s Globe, facilitated by the fantastic Jacqueline Defferary. Having never been to the Globe before, I was excited but also a little nervous. Should I have swotted up on Shakespeare’s 37 plays beforehand? Would I get laughed at for mixing up my comedies with my tragedies, confusing my Olivia with my Ophelia...

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Shakespeare Workshops

Posted on November 25, 2015 at 6:40 AM

Do you remember learning about Shakespeare at school? I do, but for all the wrong reasons. Learning about Shakespeare at my school was about as scintillating as watching supermarket seasonal adverts being broadcast for the thousandth time. This was primarily because I didn’t understand the language Shakespeare used and I couldn’t visualise how...

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Downtime? Don't be silly...

Posted on September 29, 2015 at 3:45 AM

After a successful production of Twelfth Night at Leicester Square Theatre, this month sees some much-needed downtime for members of the CVP before we begin rehearsals for our next production, Richard III, in November.

Now I say ‘downtime’ but this is a bit misleading. Several of our actors have full-time jobs which they manage to squeeze in alongside theatre work, one is in the process of growing her own business, a few people are involved in other creative ende...

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