The anniversary revival opened at the Comedy on 21 January 2004 (previews from 15 January), 75 years (to the day) since its first West End season at the Savoy Theatre (See News, 12 Dec 2003). Following critical acclaim, the production extended at the Comedy up to 1 May 2004, when it will now finish there ahead of transferring to the Playhouse for an open-ended season from 3 May.
Based on the author's own experience in the trenches of the First World War, the play follows a group of officers, positioned behind British lines at St Quentin, France, and awaiting their fate. The current ensemble of Journey's End features David Haig, Paul Bradley, Phil Cornwell, Geoffrey Streatfeild and Christian Coulson, though recasting is expected for the new dates at the Playhouse.
The milestone production is directed by David Grindley, who directed the 25th anniversary revival of Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party, at the Hampstead Theatre and in the West End. Journey's End is designed by Jonathan Fensom, with lighting by Jason Taylor and sound by Gregory Clarke. It’s presented by Background Productions.
- by Terri Paddock