Edward Fox in Sand In The Sandwiches at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
With Queen Anne announced for the Theatre Royal Haymarket in June the West End venue finds itself in the spotlight again this week as a press release emerges regarding Sand In The Sandwiches, which is due to run at the location in the preceding month.
But perhaps the biggest announcement related to the production has to be the presence of veteran actor Edward Fox, who is going to be portraying poet John Betjeman in what is described as a ‘celebrated one-man play’.
Sir John Betjeman is highly regarded and was celebrated as one of the nation’s most beloved poets, holding the position of Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom in his later years and penning some memorable works. Sand In The Sandwiches will follow his life from early years right through to his time at the top of the British literary circles, winning numerous honours along the way, including being granted the title of Knight Bachelor in 1969.
The man left a huge legacy when he died in 1984 and so it is only right that Edward Fox, a celebrated performer who has appeared in a wealth of films and stage shows, will portray him onstage.
Fox commented on the appointment, saying “It is lovely to be returning to one of the great theatres of the world and to the role of John Betjeman, even now at the age of 80.
“All of us involved are working to magnify the voice of one of the greatest minds in England. Betjeman once said that 'poetry is life', and I agree. You can't live without it.”
Fox is perhaps best known for the titular role in The Day Of The Jackal, though he has also appeared in the likes of A Bridge Too Far and, more recently, the film Nicholas Nickleby and television series Taboo. On the stage he played Churchill in The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre and appeared in Legal Fictions at the Savoy Theatre.
Sand In The Sandwiches is written by Hugh Whitemore and directed by Gareth Armstrong. It runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket as part of a tour that takes it to venues around the United Kingdom, playing the West End venue from Tuesday 30th May 2017 to Saturday 3rd June 2017. Queen Anne then follows it there a few weeks later.