Journey's End to Arrive on Broadway in February 2007

News   Journey's End to Arrive on Broadway in February 2007 A revival of R.C. Sherriff's 1929 World War I drama Journey's End — co-starring Hugh Dancy, Boyd Gaines, Jefferson Mays and Stark Sands — will begin previews on Broadway Feb. 8, 2007.

Boyd Gaines
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Telecharge.com says that the revival will play the Belasco Theatre with an official opening scheduled for Feb. 22, 2007. David Grindley, who helmed a 75th anniversary production in London's West End in early 2004, will repeat those duties on this side of the Atlantic. The company will also feature John Ahlin, Nick Berg Barnes, John Behlmann, Justin Blanchard, Kieran Campion, John Curless and Richard Poe.

Boyett Ostar Productions will produce the Broadway mounting.

No official announcement has been made about the Broadway production of Journey's End.

The New York Times' Ben Brantley gave the British revival a solid review on Feb. 16, 2004, calling the production "superb," and writing that the play "feels as fresh and forlorn as the evening news. Directed with an open-eyed, steady gaze by David Grindley, and performed by a perfectly assembled band of actors, this fine production is cause for both rejoicing and despair. Like the National Theater's revival of Eugene O'Neill's Mourning Becomes Electra, it finds enduring life in a play you think would be irretrievably buried in dust."

It was Journey’s End, one of the first plays about World War I to score a commercial hit, that made R. C. Sherriff’s name. Based on Sherriff’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 schoolfriend Raleigh, who finds his one-time hero much changed. The play premiered on Broadway in 1929, with Jack Hawkins in the cast. It ran 485 performances. It was revived for a short Broadway run in 1939.

The London cast included David Haig, Phil Cornwell, Paul Bradley, Christian Coulson, Ben Meyjes, Max Berendt, Alex Grimwood, John R. Mahoney, Rupert Wickham, Guy Williams and Geoffrey Streatfield.

Tickets are not yet on sale for the Broadway production.