The theatre company will perform R.C. Sherriff’s classic at St John’s School on the 2nd and 3rd August and the Leatherhead Theatre on the 4th and 5th August.
Five British officers are preparing apprehensively for the upcoming attack. Raleigh, an eighteen-year-old officer fresh out of English public school, joins the company of his friend and cricketing hero Captain Stanhope and finds him dramatically changed. Osborne, the 2nd in command, is a middle-aged public school teacher and father figure. Trotter, who has worked his way up through the ranks, has a drily humorous response to the officers’ situation, whilst Hibbert reveals a ‘less than British’ attitude to their predicament.
Having had its first performance in December 1928, with Laurence Olivier as Stanhope, the play became an instant classic for its depiction of the First World War. Writer R. C. Sherriff, who went to Kingston Grammar School, drew on his own experiences as a Captain serving in the East Surrey Regiment in the trenches; and this first-hand authenticity has kept the play a triumph for a full ninety years.
Theatre Reviva! has also announced that the production will be aimed at raising funds and awareness for three veterans’ charities: Combat Stress [PTSD], SSAFA and the RBL Poppy Appeal.
The production is directed by Graham Pountney and will feature a cast of local actors.
For more information about the production visit: http://theatre-reviva.com/