SWINDON’S World War One commemorations will take on a distinctly French theme when the Brunel Centre stages Heroes, a play set in a French military retirement home.

The comedy tells the story of three First World War veterans who plot their escape from the boredom of the routines of living in a care home. Heroes is Tom Stoppard’s translation and adaptation of the 2003 French play Le Vent Des Peupliers by Gérald Sibleyras.

Jane Stewart, marketing manager at The Brunel said: “We felt it was important for the Brunel Centre to help Swindon commemorate World War One and so, as one of several events to mark this occasion, we decided to commission this well-known play and to bring it to the people of Swindon. “It will be a great evening out, and something a little bit different too – it’s not every day that you get to watch professional theatre in your local shopping centre. “We are expecting it to be a really popular event so would encourage people to get their tickets early.”

The performance will take place on Thursday, September 11, downstairs in The Brunel Arcade, outside Boswells Café/House of Fraser. The evening starts at 6.30pm with supper and a glass of wine at Boswells and the performance starts at 7.15pm.

Tickets cost £12 from The Centre Management Suite, first floor of Brunel Plaza, or from Boswells café, ground floor Brunel Arcade. For more information contact Jane Stewart on 01793 525857, email jane.stewart@ thebrunel.co.uk or visit www.thebrunel.co.uk.