Passchendaele play ‘Journey’s End’ – Kruitmagazijn Theatre (Belgium) 10 October – 12 November 2017
CENTENARY HOMECOMING PRODUCTION JOURNEY’S END by R.C. Sherriff, Ypres, Belgium at the historic Kruitmagazijnn performing arts theatre, 10th October – 12th November 2017
A hundred years since Sherriff was injured at Passchendaele in the 3rd Battle of Ypres, MESH brings his masterpiece to this region “where history speaks”.
Sherriff’s ground-breaking play is the only drama about WW1 written by someone who fought in the war. When it was first staged in London in 1928 (with Laurence Olivier in the lead) a critic said “it is not so much a play as a memorial to the dead.” It went ‘viral’in the 1930s with over 30 productions worldwide in 18 different languages, including a German film version which was banned by the Nazis.
Set in a dugout over four days leading up to a massive attack, it charts the tension, claustrophobia and cold terror experienced by a company of British officers as new recruit, Lieutenant Raleigh, discovers Captain Stanhope, his childhood friend and hero, has changed almost beyond recognition.
Sheriff said of his characters: “I did not need to create them: they just walked out fully formed on to the page.”
For ticket prices and show times visit the Mesh Theatre website.
Show dates / times:
October 10 – November 12
3pm & 7pm Tues, Thurs and Sat
3pm Weds, Fri, and Sun.
Private performances available for large groups (by arrangement).