Sheriff's Journey's End Marks 75 Years at ComedyDate: 5 November 2003
RC Sheriff's classic 1920s anti-war play Journey's End will be revived in the West End next year, 75 years after its first performance. The new production will open at the Comedy Theatre on 21 January and continue to 6 March 2004 (previews from 15 January).
Set in the trenches of the First World War, Journey's End bitterly depicts a group of British officers as they prepare to face their enemy. Public school boy Raleigh is the newest arrival to join the beleaguered company, led by his one-time friend and cricket hero Captain Stanhope, who, he discovers, has changed dramatically.
Journey's End made a major international impact when it premiered in 1928 and is the most enduring work by Sheriff, a dramatist and novelist whose other plays included The Long Sunset, St Helena, Home at Seven and Badger's Green.
No cast or creative details have yet been confirmed for Journey's End. It's presented in the West End by Background Productions, who are also behind the Comedy's upcoming Christmas offering, the children's adventure story Why the Whales Came, which runs from 10 December 2003 to 7 January 2004 (See News, 24 Oct 2003).
The Comedy's current resident, the TMA Award-winning all-male Propeller production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Edward Hall, finishes its extended season this Saturday 8 November 2003 and is followed by the all-female cabaret group Fascinating Aida, whose One Last Flutter farewell production runs from 11 November to 6 December 2003 (See News, 30 Sep 2003).
- by Terri Paddock