“A tender snapshot of wartime Britain…fast-paced, affectionate, authentic, and wildly funny”



Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain is the second touring show from Fol Espoir following the huge success of 2013’s Winston On the Run (WhatsOnStage). Fol Espoir (which means ‘foolish hope’) is dedicated to creating new and exciting work that connects directly with its audience. Its first production, the comedy sensation Dr Brown Because, was an underground hit at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival, receiving four-star reviews in The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent and TimeOut. Since then Fol Espoir has continued to produce both comedic and serious works under the leadership of Artistic Director John Walton.


Since their formation in 2008, The Real MacGuffins (aka Dan March, Jim Millard and Matt Sheahan) have established themselves as one of the top sketch groups on the UK comedy circuit. Creators of irreverent, silly and inventive sketches, the group have performed their unique brand of sketch comedy across the country as well as supporting comedians such as Stewart Lee, Dave Gorman, Tim Vine, Phil Nichol, Adam Riches and Doctor Brown. Whether they are cramming every font from Microsoft Word into a sketch or exploring the mysterious Georgian origins of “Club 1830”, the Real MacGuffins are a sketch group that use their intellect as much as their impeccable comic timing. www.therealmacguffins.com.

The trio are also talented performers in their own right, with individual credits ranging from Michael Grandage’s Olivier-award-winning Merrily We Roll Along and Richard Attenborough’s last film, Closing The Ring, to popular sitcoms such as Miranda, Lee Nelson’s Well Funny People, and Pramface.


James Millard in Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain


Theatre: King Lear (with Sir Ian McKellen, Duke of York’s Theatre, London), Merrily We Roll Along (Donmar Warehouse, London), Oliver! (UK Tour and Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto), Twelfth Night, Cymbeline, HMS Pinafore (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), The Mikado (Orange Tree Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, Once a Catholic (New Vic), Carmen (New Vic, Bolton Octagon and Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough), Property (National Theatre Studio), Saturday Night (Sondheim, Bridewell Theatre), Film: Closing The Ring (Dir. Richard Attenborough), Adam and Tom (Orchestra Films); TV: The Rebel (Retort), Lee Nelson’s Well Funny People (BBC Three), The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff (BBC 2), Being Dom Joly (Channel 4), I Was a Rat (BBC1).


Matt Sheahan in Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain


Theatre: Servant of Two Masters (Ca’Rezzonico, Venice),  Standing Up, In the Shadows, Tequila Mocking Birds (First Draft Theatre at the Canal Cafe, The Gate House, The Bedford, London), A Hug Away From Happiness (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), The Alchemist, Habeus Corpus, The Recruiting Officer, As You Like it, Nicholas Nickleby (Questors Theatre, Ealing), The Night Before Christmas, Bloody Mary (RADA);  Feature Film: Destination: Dewsbury (Dir. Jack Spring).



Dan March in Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain


Theatre: The Good Companions (UK National Tour), Chasing Dolphins (Churchill Theatre, Bromley), Howard & Mimi (Soho Theatre, London), A Night in Provence (Mill at Sonning), My Myspace Baby, Goldrunner (Gilded Balloon – solo shows), TV Play (Arcola Theatre, London), The Craft (Riverside Studios, London), Giraffe, Cock & Bull (Park Theatre, London); Film: Molly Moon The Incredible Hypnotist (Molly Moon Films), Candlestick (Workbus); TV: Miranda, The Royal Bodyguard, EastEnders, Casualty, Doctors, Down To Earth (BBC1) Pramface, Lee Nelson’s Well Funny People (BBC Three), Fool Britannia, The Sitcom Trials (ITV1) Spy (SKY1), So Awkward (CBBC); Commercials include: McDonald’s, Direct Line, Asda, Weetabix.




The show was written by Dan March, James Millard and Matt Sheahan and John Walton.


Theatre: The North! The North! (Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe), Elixir (Circus Hub, Edinburgh Fringe), The Knife of Dawn (Roundhouse and BBC Radio 3), Working On It (Camden Fringe and New York), Boy in Darkness (Blue Elephant Theatre), The Real MacGuffins Come Again (Edinburgh Fringe and Leicester Square Theatre), Winston on the Run (Edinburgh Fringe and UK Tour), Champions (Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre), Yoroboshi (New Wimbledon Theatre), and Potato – A Show That Will Save the World (Edinburgh Fringe and European Tour)