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The Combat Veteran Players, a theatre company comprised entirely of Veterans performing Shakespeare while overcoming mental trauma, announces the date of their first public performance today.

The Combat Veteran Players is delighted to announce their first public performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream at London's Old Vic Tunnels on 17th July 2012 at 2.30pm.

The Combat Veteran Players is a group of Veterans who are experiencing and overcoming mental trauma. They form a theatre company that is supported and hosted by Stoll. Their debut stage performance was in March 2012 with an audience of family, friends and supporters at The Old Vic Tunnels. After being extremely well-received, the production will continue to run at The Old Vic Tunnels in repertoire over the coming months. The Artistic Director of the company is Jaclyn McLoughlin.

Ed Tytherleigh, Chief Executive of Stoll, said: "I am delighted that the Combat Veteran Players will be performing at The Old Vic Tunnels in July to the paying public. One of the most exciting aspects of performing in such a venue is that the Players will be judged as actors and no longer will they be Veterans who need support. They have earned that right through their previous performance and I am sure they will do themselves proud. I thank our partners who are supporting the company in order to make these performances possible."

The performance is taking place at The Old Vic Tunnels, where the company now has a three-year residency.

Hamish Jenkinson, Director of The Old Vic Tunnels, said: "I and my colleagues at The Old Vic Tunnels are looking forward to opening the doors to the public for the first open performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream. This is the next stage in a long journey for the group and The Old Vic Tunnels is proud to be supporting them."

Jaclyn McLoughlin, Artistic Director of Combat Veteran Players, commented: "Their first public performance to a paying audience is a huge milestone for the company and is something that the Veterans in the CVP have been looking forward to and working hard to achieve. Since the day that they took their first steps in learning to master the language of Shakespeare together, they have been wanting to share their accomplishments with a theatre-going audience and with their fellow Veterans in need who may benefit from seeing the work themselves and choosing to take part with them in the future. They are an inspiration to behold on the stage – please join us for a performance; you will not be disappointed."

Information about performances by the Combat Veteran Players is available from www.oldvictunnels.com and tickets can be booked online or by calling 0844 871 7628. The Combat Veteran Players will be returning to the stage with another performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream in August – date to be announced.

They will be performing Henry V in the autumn with support from partners, RSC Open Stages.

For more information about the Combat Veteran Players, contact Samantha Barber on Samantha.barber@stoll.org.uk or 020 7381 7488 or 07725 101209.

For more information about The Old Vic Tunnels, contact Lucy Faulks on lucy.faulks@oldvictheatre.com or 020 7993 7423.

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