Our Next Production is in Leatherhead this July and August
by R.C. Sherriff
July 30th – August 5th 2018 in Leatherhead
“A sublime play … a corkscrew of tension, emotion and drama”, Matilda Battersby, The independent.
An extraordinary, gripping production of a great anti-war classic, full of beautifully observed humanity: Set in the trenches during the First World War, this story plays out in a dugout over four days, from 18th March to 21st March 1918, during the run-up to the last major German offensive of the War.
Five British officers are preparing apprehensively for the upcoming attack. Raleigh, an eighteen-year-old officer fresh out of English public school, joins the company of his friend and cricketing hero Captain Stanhope and finds him dramatically changed. Osborne, the 2nd in command, is a middle-aged public school teacher and father figure. Trotter, who has worked his way up through the ranks, has a drily humorous response to the officers’ situation, whilst Hibbert reveals a ‘less than British’ attitude to their predicament.
Hailed by George Bernard Shaw as a ‘useful corrective to the romantic conception of war’, the play had its first performance in December 1928, with Laurence Olivier as Stanhope and was an instant West End success. R. C. Sherriff drew on his own experiences as a Captain serving in the East Surrey Regiment in the trenches, and it is this first-hand authenticity, as well as its humanity, that has kept the play a triumph for a full ninety years and a remarkable anti-war classic.
This production commemorates the centenary of the end of hostilities in the Great War and recalls the sacrifices of those who never returned,
lest we forget.
This is our biggest production yet, and we’re creating an amazing ambience in the Theatre with music of the era, battle sounds, visits from ‘The Trench Experience’, Reservists, Veterans, Combat Stress, SSAFA and the Royal British Legion …. You’ll have to experience it to believe it!
Directors idea for the set ..
Who Are We?
We’re a young, professional Theatre Company from Leatherhead, Surrey (just off Jct9 on the M25).
We serve the local area with revivals of popular, entertaining and thought-provoking theatre!
We use local talent back-stage and on-stage and we’re bringing back into the community an opportunity for audiences to enjoy seasonal, affordable theatre productions, close to home.
Come and see our exciting shows!
We are a not-for-profit, professional Theatre Company, serving the local community with popular, entertaining and thought-provoking theatre. Through our association with LAUNCHPAD, we offer young people work experience and a chance to build up confidence. We also use local talent backstage and on-stage, and are bringing seasonal repertory theatre back into fashion! You’ll have a great evening!