Lionel Bart's follow up to 'Oliver!', based upon his experiences as a child in the East End during the blitz.In 1940 the East End of London is taking a terrible pounding from Hitler's bombs. Life, however, goes on, centring around the matriarchal Mrs. Blitztein and her large family, especially her petty-criminal son Harry and her beautiful daughter Carol. They all fight their own particular battles with neighbours and authorities alike, through many situations, some humorous, some tragic, and eventually find their own individual peace. It features many hit songs, including "The Day After Tomorrow" (Vera Lynn) "Far Away" (Shirley Bassey).