Cornwall LivingIssue #86

Based on a true story

Chewing gum, doughnuts, new nylons and thousands of smooth-talking, quick-witted soldiers. Cornwall will never forget the day the Americans arrived!

From the warm plains of Maryland, USA, to the cold coastal villages of Cornwall, follow handsome and hopeful US 29th Infantry Division Technical Sergeant, Joe Miller, on his poignant journey to the Nazi-occupied beaches of Normandy, France.

Based on remarkable, real, wartime experiences – as well as stories recalled by the residents of Mawnan Smith, Operation Neptune commemorates the 75th anniversary of D-Day with the compelling story of an American GI’s experience of Cornwall at war.

The performance is directed by Guy Watson, Cornish director and Artistic Director of Cousin Jack’s – the company behind the much-loved stage adaptation of The Mousehole Cat. Written by award-winning script writer Charlotte O’Leary, Operation Neptune will star many local faces, including Bec Applebee (Kneehigh Theatre), Rory Wilton (from BBC’s Poldark and the Fisherman’s Friends’ recent feature film), Will Coleman (Golden Tree Productions’ Man Engine) and Emily Woodman (O-region’s Hireth). Trebah Garden will also be introducing acclaimed actor, Oliver Longstaff, to the county, playing the part of the handsome American hero. The cast will also feature a local community choir and a supporting cast drawn from Hall for Cornwall Youth Theatre and Youth Dance.

Operation Neptune is an epic promenade show performed across Trebah Garden, based on the true stories from the thousands of US troops who left from Trebah’s beach to play their role in the D-Day invasion of France. Performed every evening from Tuesday 11th until Saturday 15th June at 7pm, tickets are priced at £16 for adults and £8 for children under 16. The performance takes place on foot around the garden. If you have any queries about accessibility, be sure to call the team directly.



Operation Neptune forms part of Operation Overlord – a programme of events commemorating the 75th anniversary of Trebah’s involvement in D-Day. For details of this and other projects, visit


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