The Beginning of the End: Sherriff's Journey Previews on Broadway Starting Feb. 8

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Boyd Gaines, Jefferson Mays, Hugh Dancy and Stark Sands star in Journey's End, the Broadway revival of R.C. Sherriff's 1929 war play, beginning previews at the Belasco Theatre Feb. 8.

Hugh Dancy stars in Journey's End at the Belasco Theatre.
Hugh Dancy stars in Journey's End at the Belasco Theatre. Photo by Jean-Marie Guyaux

The revival, which officially opens Feb. 22, is directed by David Grindley, who also helmed the successful 2004 London revival.

Also in the cast are John Ahlin, Nick Berg Barnes, John Behlmann, Justin Blanchard, Kieran Campion, John Curless and Richard Poe.

The play, based on Sherriff's own experiences in the First World War, is about a group of British soldiers living together in a cramped trench in France while fighting the last great German offensive in March 1918.

"It asks the general question, 'Surely there must be a better way to conduct human affairs,'" Grindley told Playbill.com, but "it's not making a strident message."

The design team includes Jonathan Fensom (scenic and costume design), Jason Taylor (lighting) and Gregory Clarke (sound). The producers are Boyett/Ostar Productions, Stephanie McClelland, Bill Rollnick, James D'Orta and Philip Geier.

Journey's End premiered on Broadway in 1929 and ran 485 performances. It was revived for a short Broadway run in 1939.

Gaines won Tony Awards for The Heidi Chronicles, She Loves Me and Contact. His recent credits include the Broadway revival of Twelve Angry Men and the Off-Broadway Back at Leipzig at New York Theatre Workshop.

Mays received a Tony Award for the one-person play I Am My Own Wife, which he has performed internationally. His other New York stage credits include Moe's Lucky Seven, Lydie Breeze, Quills, Culture of Desire, Bella, Belle of Byelorussia and Orestes.

Dancy is making his Broadway debut after appearing in such films as "Ella Enchanted," "Black Hawk Down," "King Arthur" and the television film "Elizabeth I,” for which he received an Emmy nomination.

Stark Sands is making his professional stage debut after appearing in "Flags of Our Fathers," “Six Feet Under” and "Die, Mommy, Die!," among other works.

Grindley's U.K. directing credits include Abigail’s Party and What the Butler Saw at the Hampstead Theatre, National Anthems for Kevin Spacey's Old Vic Company and Some Girls with David Schwimmer at the Gielgud.

The Belasco Theatre is located in Manhattan at 111 West 44th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. For tickets call Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com.

Stark Sands, Jefferson Mays and Boyd Gaines star in R.C. Sherriff's <i>Journey's End</i>.
Stark Sands, Jefferson Mays and Boyd Gaines star in R.C. Sherriff's Journey's End. Photo by Jean-Marie Guyaux
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