Journey’s End Celebrates Anniversary With New Production

News   Journey’s End Celebrates Anniversary With New Production January 21, 2004, is the 75th anniversary of the 1929 West End premiere of R.C. Sheriff’s most famous play, Journey’s End. And to mark the occasion, a new production is set to open at London’s Comedy Theatre.

It was Journey’s End, the first play about World War One to score a commercial hit, that made Sheriff’s name. From there he decamped to Hollywood and wrote the screenplays for classic movies including “Goodbye Mr. Chips,” “The Invisible Man” and “The Dambusters.” Based on Sheriff’s own experiences in the Great War, the play is set in a trench in St. Quentin, France, as a group of British officers await their day of reckoning — the young Captain Stanhope tries to galvanize his men as they prepare to raid the enemy across No Man’s Land. Meanwhile, his company is joined by his old school friend Raleigh, who finds his one-time hero much changed.  

The cast includes David Haig, on stage last year in Terry Johnson’s Hitchcock Blonde, popular comic Phil Cornwell and Paul Bradley (a household face, if not name, in the UK because of his long-running role on the TV soap “Eastenders”). Alongside them are Christian Coulson, Ben Meyjes, Max Berendt, Alex Grimwood, John R. Mahoney, Rupert Wickham, Guy Williams and Geoffrey Streatfield. David Grindley directs.

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