My Grandfather’s Great War

James Seabright presents

Alexander Stewart, a First World War army captain, kept a diary of his time in the trenches. They remained a family heirloom for over 70 years until his grandson, actor Cameron Stewart, a Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards nominee for his role in Larkin With Women at the Library Theatre, discovered them.

They were published online in 2007, and the interest they generated was enormous, with subsequent appearances on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme and The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2. The diaries were published in hardback in June 2008 as A Very Unimportant Officer (Hodder & Stoughton), and were then turned into My Grandfather’s Great War, a one-man show, which comes to the Library Theatre on Sunday 11 October.

Nominated as Best Show in The Stage awards in 2008, My Grandfather’s Great War has had the critics in raptures: Best Solo Show nomination – The Stage Awards, 2008

The Library Theatre Company wishes to thank the Royal British Legion for their help with this production. For more information, please visit