Journey's End Headed to the Duke of York's Theatre
R C Sherriff’s Classic Drama Making a West End Return from July to September 2011
Last week it was revealed that “Ghost Stories” has been given a surprise extension that will see the popular horror show continue at the Duke of York’s Theatre until July, having previously cut its run short from October to June, and now its replacement has been announced. The production will be followed by a summer-long return of R C Sherriff’s “Journey’s End”, which previously ran at the venue back in 2005 and followed a long history in the West End.
“Journey’s End” is set during the First World War and gives those with Theatre Tickets an opportunity to witness the experiences of those caught up in the conflict, with Sherriff drawing on his own experiences to pen the piece back in the 1920s. In particular, the play focuses on four days in the lives of several officers in the British Army Infantry Company in St Quentin, France, as their fate approaches. Though written as a play, the story has also been told onscreen in 1930, with other adaptations appearing over the years as well.
The production heading to the Duke of York’s is the revival that found its way to the West End in 2004, where it appeared at the Comedy Theatre, the Playhouse Theatre, the Duke of York’s Theatre and the New Ambassador’s Theatre between then and 2005. It originally appeared in the capital back in 1928 when it premiered at the Apollo Theatre.
It was directed by David Grindley, a well known name in the theatre world who has been behind a wealth of shows on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to “Journey’s End”, he has also been behind “Six Degrees of Separation” at The Old Vic in 2010, plus “Crown Matrimonial” on a UK tour in 2009. On the other side of the Atlantic he has brought shows such as “The Philanthropist” to New York in 2009 and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to Canada , also in 2009.
“Ghost Stories” continues its run at the Duke of York’s Theatre until Saturday 16th July 2011, with “Journey’s End” following from Tuesday 19th July 2011 to Saturday 3rd September 2011.