Philip Franks has already replaced David Haig as Osborne. At the new venue, he will joined by other newcomers David Sturzaker (Shakespeare’s R&J) as Stanhope, Pearce Quigley (Shopping and Fucking, TV’s Cutting It) as Mason, Toby Kebbell as Raleigh, Ifan Meredith as Hibbert and Bob Barrett as the Colonel. Paul Bradley, Max Berendt, Alex Grimwood and Guy Williams will remain from the original cast.
Based on the author's own experience in the trenches of the First World War, Journey's End follows a group of officers, positioned behind British lines at St Quentin, France, and awaiting their fate. Franks takes over from Haig as Lietenant Osborne, who helps the nerve-shot Captain Stanhope keep a steady hand as battle looms.
The new production 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).
It’s 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