Jan 2010

May 2010

Journey's End

Directed by Alastair Whatley
Written By R. C. Sherriff
A co-production with Original Theatre Company

1918. The rat infested trenches of the Somme. A group of officers prepares for an imminent German attack in a classic story of war and humanity.

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A group of officers prepares for an imminent German attack in a classic story of war and humanity.

The young, talented and war-weary Captain Stanhope is confronted with the fresh face of his past as an old schoolmate joins his platoon. As the offensive looms ever closer, Stanhope must inspire his men to make the ultimate sacrifice for a war he no longer understands and for a cause he no longer remembers.

This compelling play based on R. C. Sherriff's own experience in the trenches of World War I with its heroism, humour and inevitable tragedy shows courage in the face of uncertain odds.

All staged within Stanhope’s claustrophobic dugout, audience and actor alike play witness to what amounts to a seminal moment in our recent history. Time creeps to a standstill and the soldiers await their  orders before racing to a heart wrenching climax as these young men face their ‘Journey’s End’.

The Cast

Creative Team

Director/Co-Producer: Alastair Whatley
Producer: Max Lewendel
Production Assistants: Louise Ody, Lucy Dark
Set Design: Victoria Spearing
Costume Design: Fiona Davis
Lighting Design: Alan Valentine
Sound Design: Dominic Bilkley
Prod Manager: Steve Tyler
CSM: Zachary Holton
Rehearsal ASM/Ed. Manager: Caroline Saunders
Casting Director: Gemma Davies
Production Assistants: Margaret Pritchard, Holly Holman
Photographer: Jack Ladenburg

Cast:

Stanhope: Christopher Harper
Raleigh: Tom Hackney
Osborne: Graham Seed
Hibbert: Rhys King
Trotter: Gareth Davies
Hardy: Alastair Whatley
Mason: Adam Best
Sergeant Major: Zac Holton
Colonel: Knight Mantell
German Soldier/ASM: Hubert Mainwaring-Burton

Neil McEwan

"If this is what comes from flying too close to the sun,

then long may they continue"

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The Public Reviews

★★★★
"Journey’s End’ is very much an ensemble piece and it would be difficult and probably rather unfair to pick out one actor over another. Each and every performance is consummately delivered." Steve Burbridge

At the Mountains of Madness

Ija Pona

★★★★★
"We were treated to a show that was true to the H. P. Lovecraft original and made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. I experienced frisson during last night."

Romeo & Juliet

British Theatre Guide

★★★★
Max Lewendel’s careful direction makes perfect sense of the tricky text, finding as much humour as possible in the early comic scenes. He keeps his actors on the move, each with purpose and justified intention.
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