Malcolm Sinclair (pictured) leads the third London cast of RC Sherriff’s anti-war drama Journey's End, which takes over tonight (12 August 2004, previews from 2 August) at the West End’s Playhouse Theatre.

Based on Sherriff’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.

Sinclair - whose many recent stage credits include My Fair Lady, Privates on Parade, Luther and House and Garden - plays Osborne. He’s joined in the new cast by Brendan Patricks (as Stanhope), Rufus Wright (Hibbert), Paul Brightwell (Mason), Ian Burfield (Trotter), Peter Sandys-Clarke (Raleigh), John Elmes (Colonel), Charles Daish, Ralph Gassmann, Rob Heaney and Paul Benzing.

David Grindley’s anniversary revival of Journey's End opened at the West End’s Comedy Theatre 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). On 3 May, it transferred to the Playhouse where it is now booking up to 2 April 2005.

A separate three-month tour launches on 7 September 2004 from Newcastle’s Theatre Royal before continuing to Richmond, Plymouth, Salford, Bath, Jersey, Brighton, Wolverhampton, Woking, Malvern, Nottingham and Bradford, where it finishes on 4 December (See News, 1 Jul 2004). Both productions are presented by Background Productions.

- by Terri Paddock