Journey ‘s End (2010)

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R.C.Sherriff

Journey’s End (2010)

The young, talented and war-weary Captain Stanhope is confronted with the fresh face of his past as an old schoolmate joins his platoon. As the offensive looms ever closer, Stanhope must inspire his men to make the ultimate sacrifice for a war he no longer understands and for a cause he no longer remembers.

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The young, talented and war-weary Captain Stanhope is confronted with the fresh face of his past as an old schoolmate joins his platoon. As the offensive looms ever closer, Stanhope must inspire his men to make the ultimate sacrifice for a war he no longer understands and for a cause he no longer remembers.

This compelling play based on R. C. Sherriff’s own experience in the trenches of World War I with its heroism, humour and inevitable tragedy shows courage in the face of uncertain odds.

All staged within Stanhope’s claustrophobic dugout, audience and actor alike play witness to what amounts to a seminal moment in our recent history. Time creeps to a standstill and the soldiers await their orders before racing to a heart wrenching climax as these young men face their ‘Journey’s End’.

Yvonne-Araund, Guildford

Gala Theatre, Durham

Lighthouse Theatre, Poole

Opera House, Buxton

Devonshire Park, Eastbourne

Derby Theatre

Harrogate Theatre

Theatre Royal Winchester

Key theatre, Peterborough

Byre Theatre, St Andrews

“Journey’s End is a timepiece that still strikes at the waste of war”

★★★★

Donald Hutera, The Times


“The Original Theatre Company and Icarus Theatre Collective of London, meanwhile, are on tour with a strong and deeply moving production of RC Sherriff’s great play Journey’s End, set over 24 hours in an officers’ dugout near the Western Front during the First World War. Sherriff’s play makes no bones about the limitations of the characters it portrays: the terror they feel, the drink they need to get them through, the class attitudes that surround their life and work. But it is also relentless in its exposure of the pitiful waste of life in a war that made some English attitudes – and some key aspects of British society – impossible to sustain, and in Alistair Whatley’s fine production there are outstandingly subtle, heartfelt performances from Graham Seed, Tom Hackney and Christopher Harper as the three officers at the centre of this magnificent story, about a war that did not end all wars, but changed everything.”

★★★★

Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman


“Director Alastair Whatley has assembled an all-round fine cast for this exceptional touring production by the Original Theatre Company and Icarus Theatre Collective. It’s a penetrating and perceptive account of Sherriff’s masterful microcosm of war, of its time, but clearly not without relevance today. On the opening night the performance was cut short by a malfunction of the safety curtain, which added to the drama. But this production is worth journeying to Buxton for – a rare chance to see a real classic immaculately performed.”

★★★★

Philip Radcliffe, Manchester Evening News


“Journey’s End is very much an ensemble piece and it would be difficult and probably rather unfair to pick out one actor over another. Each and every performance is consummately delivered. Indeed, this is a profound piece of theatre that highlights the heroism, humour and tragedy of warfare.”

Steve Burbridge, UK Theatre Network

“Although there is a surprising amount of humour – much provided by Mason (Adam Best) and Trotter (Gareth Davies) – don’t go expecting a laugh. But do go.”

Mark Tallentire, The Northern Echo


“Journey’s End needs no adornment or interference, something that director Alastair Whatley plainly understands in this fine Original Theatre Company and Icarus Theatre Collective production. Aided by powerful ensemble acting, the words are left to speak for themselves.”

Giles Woodforde, The Oxford Times


“The evocative portrayal of life in the trenches during The Great War had a profound effect on Guildford theatregoers on its opening night at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

It’s always a sign of a good play when you wake up the next morning and think about the characters within 5 minutes. So credible were the ten strong cast of Journey’s End at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre that I didn’t just wake and think about the characters, I worried for them.

Never before have I seen an audience leave the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre so quietly, so deep in thought and so full of humble respect.”

Tinx Newton, Guildfordeye


“The Hexagon audience was a mixture of young history students, coming to the play for probably the first time, and people who were perhaps much more familiar with Sherriff’s story, based on his own First World War experiences. Regardless, all were left in respectful hush at the climax of this superb rendition of a lasting testament to the cruel horror of conflict.”

James Kell, The Reading Chronicle


“Journey’s End is very much an ensemble piece and it would be difficult and probably rather unfair to pick out one actor over another. Each and every performance is consummately delivered. Indeed, this is a profound piece of theatre that highlights the heroism, humour and tragedy of warfare.”

Steve Burbridge, UK Theatre Network


“Although there is a surprising amount of humour – much provided by Mason (Adam Best) and Trotter (Gareth Davies) – don’t go expecting a laugh. But do go.”

Mark Tallentire, The Northern Echo


“Journey’s End needs no adornment or interference, something that director Alastair Whatley plainly understands in this fine Original Theatre Company and Icarus Theatre Collective production. Aided by powerful ensemble acting, the words are left to speak for themselves.”

Giles Woodforde, The Oxford Times


“Time is almost at a standstill as everyone waits for the attack and the tension created is truly palpable. The ending is heart-wrenching as the inevitable tragic climax is played out. Directed with clarity by Alastair Whatley this was a thought-provoking evening that makes a passionate case about the horrors of war. Highly recommended.”

Robin Strapp, Newbury Weekly News


“With a great set, lighting and sound and genuinely believable costumes, this is a fine reading of Sherriff’s play made all the more relevant by the rising death toll in Afghanistan”

Jeremy Miles, Bournemouth Echo

“This powerfully emotive production brings together the dusty claustrophobia of the First World War front line trenches and the touching camaraderie of its soldiers in arms with poignant credibility…A masterpiece”

Julie Watterston, The Stage


“Journey’s End was a slick and professional affair, well acted and sensitively staged”

Lucie Richards, Basingstoke Gazette


Mason: Adam Best

Hardy: Alastair Whatley

Stanhope: Christopher Harper

Trotter: Gareth Davies

Osbourne: Graham Seed

German Soldier: Hubert Mainwaring Burton

Colonel: Knight Mantell

Hibbert: Rhys King

Raleigh: Tom Hackney

Sergeant Major: Zachary Holton

Production Team

Directed by: Alastair Whatley

Produced by: Max Lewendel

Set Design by: Victoria Spearing

Costume Design by: Fiona Davis

Lighting Design by: Alan Valentine

Sound Design by: Dominic Bilkey

Production Manager: Steve Tyler

Stage Manager: Zachary Holton

Production shots: Jack Ladenburg

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