It has been announced that Edward Fox will return to the London stage in Hugh Whitemore’s one man play celebrating the life and work of John Betjeman. 


Playing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a strictly limited season from the 30th May to the 3rd June, Gareth Armstrong’s production will then continue to tour the UK.

Sand in the Sandwiches will play at the theatre due to a pre-contractual, prior engagement, which means that Damian Lewis is unavailable to perform in Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? The producers took the decision to suspend the run of The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? for that week. The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? will recommence performances on 5 June.

Hugh Whitemore’s play takes audiences on a journey through memory and verse and collates the work of the twentieth century’s most treasured poet.

Talking about the news Edward Fox said: “It is lovely to be returning to one of the great theatres of the world and to the role of John Betjeman, even now at the age of 80. All of us involved are working to magnify the voice of one of the greatest minds in England. Betjeman once said that ‘poetry is life’, and I agree. You can’t live without it.” 

Edward Fox has had a distinguished career both on screen and on the stage including the Oscar winning Ghandi, The Day of the Jackal, A Bridge Too Far, The Audience, Four Quartets and Hamlet. 

As well as being directed by Gareth Armstrong, the production features designs by BAFTA award-winning Fotini Dimou, lighting by double Olivier award-winning Howard Harrison and sound by Olivier award & Ivor Novello award nominated composer Simon Slater.

Sand in the Sandwiches will play at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from the 30th May until the 5th June. To book tickets visit:


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