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Monday, July 15, 2024 at 7:00 PM ADT

× Inspired by a true love story, The Great Escaper shines a light on the indomitable human spirit.

Synopsis: In the summer of 2014, the world celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings. But amidst the global commemorations, one story stood out and captured hearts across the globe. Bernie Jordan (Michael Caine), an octogenarian residing in a care home, staged his own "great escape" to join fellow war veterans on the beaches of Normandy. His daring adventure, spanning just 48 hours, became a symbol of the defiant, "can-do" spirit of a generation that had weathered the storms of war and ageing.

With a script that balances wit and a big heart, the story reveals the complexities of Bernie's life and his enduring love for his wife, Irene (Glenda Jackson). Their 60-year marriage forms the emotional core of the narrative, celebrating their love and providing a poignant commentary on ageing, love, and the human spirit. It's a story that honours not only Bernie and Irene but also the lessons we can all learn from the Greatest Generation.

Currently rated as 89% on, critics rave: “A moving and surprisingly nuanced drama offering far more than flag-waving nostalgia. Superb performances from Michael Caine and Glenda Jackson.” - Empire Magazine

Watch the Trailer

Adult $12 plus taxes & fees = $16.10
Youth (Under 20) $8 plus taxes & fees = $11.50

Rated: PG (Mild Scenes of Sex, Nudity, Profanity, Moderate Frightening & Intense Scenes)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Run time: 1hr 36min

Admission includes a bag of free popcorn courtesy of Chester Foodland.


Chester Playhouse
22 Pleasant Street
Chester NS B0J 1J0


This is a general admission performance - the seats are on a first come, first serve basis when you arrive at the theatre.

Doors open approximately 45 minutes prior to start of performance.