For King and Country - casting announced
Saturday 5 May 2018
Drama - Shows
Casting is announced for John Wilson's military courtroom drama that will be seen in London for the first time in half a century at Southwark Playhouse, marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.
Image: Dilated Theatre Company
Directed by Paul Tomlinson, John Wilson's military courtroom drama, For King and Country, will run at Southwark Playhouse from 28 June to 21 July 2018.
It follows a soldier's court martial for desertion and the struggle of his defending officer to acquit the young man in the face of bureaucracy and his own naïve honesty.
Game of Thrones' Eugene Simon, Casualty's Lloyd Everitt and England is Mine's Adam Lawrence have been cast for the play.
Cast (from left): Adam Lawrence, Lloyd Everitt, Eugene Simon
Eugene Simon as Padre
Eugene is a British actor born in London in 1992.
His series regular role as Lancel Lannister on HBO's 'Game of Thrones' has been running for six seasons, formerly alongside his lead role in Nickelodeon's 'House of Anubis' for three seasons.
At twelve Eugene was the younger self to Heath Ledger's 'Casanova', and at thirteen performed his lead role as Gerald Durrell in the BBC's TV-film adaptation of 'My Family and Other Animals'.
Eugene continued to worked throughout his years at Downside School in a number of comercials, and most notably as Young Ben Hur in Drimtim Entertainment's 'Ben Hur'.
After filming he began modelling through UK agency Models 1, he continues to do so.
On his 18th birthday Eugene was offered both his roles in both Game of Thrones & House of Anubis.
Between filming the two shows Eugene debuted as lead American characters in his first US films; 'Before I Sleep' as fictional poet Eugene Devlin alongside 'Harry Potter' co-star Bonnie Wright, and Lord-of-the-Flies esque movie 'Eden' as US soccer player Kennefick.
Eugene resides between London and Los Angeles throughout the year.
This is Eugene's stage debut.
Lloyd Everitt as Lieutenant Hargreaves
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Adam Lawrence as Private Hamp
Adam trained at Birmingham School of Acting, graduating with a Spotlight Prize nomination.
Television credits include 'Peaky Blinders' and 'WPC56' for the BBC.
In theatre, Adam played Hamlet at the Riverside Studios and performed in 'The Changeling' and 'The Broken Heart' at Shakespeare's Globe.
His debut film role was in the Morrissey biopic, 'England Is Mine', for which he was longlisted for a BIFA Award for 'most promising newcomer'.
About the play
Many years before PTSD was officially recognised, For King and Country explores the brutality of war and what happened to men who could take no more.
The play was originally performed as Hamp at the Edinburgh Festival in 1964 by a cast including Leonard Rossiter, John Hurt and Richard Briers, and was adapted into the BAFTA-nominated film King and Country.
Death sentences were passed by the British Army in courts martial between 1914 and 1924 for offences such as sleeping on duty, cowardice, desertion, murder, mutiny and treason.
Over 3,000 received a death sentence, but many of these sentences were later changed to other punishments, such as hard labour or penal servitude.
Producer Alexander Neal said ...
"I was given this play by a very good friend five years ago and was astounded I hadn't known more about it, considering the quality of the story and the writing.
I've been trying to put this "forgotten classic" on since then - and I am certain it will be worth the wait.
For King and Country is just a terrific play, a tense, disconcerting courtroom drama set on the Front Lines of the First World War.
I love courtroom dramas, and the stakes can't get higher than this - set on the Western Front during WWI we see military law in action, where the accusing side and defending side alike have experienced horrors beyond imagination and face adjudication for their actions in the face of this.
We see in action a system full of pre-conceived ideas and pre-determined outcomes, with little consideration for exceptional circumstances or time to reflect on the accepted morality."
1918. The Western Front.
Private Hamp, a young working-class soldier from the North of England, has been in the frontline of a bloody battlefield for three years.
One day he decides to walk away …
This tense court-room drama, set during the final months of the Great War, follows the young shell-shocked Hamp's trial for desertion and his fight for his right to live.
His defending officer, lawyer, Lieutenant Hargreaves, must face a seemingly insurmountable challenge - to save a young soldier from the firing squad.
Will Private Arthur Hamp be found innocent and released with his life or will he become yet another casualty of the unforgiving and relentless war machine?
Lloyd Everitt - Lieutenant Hargreaves
Adam Lawrence - Private Hamp
Eugene Simon - Padre
Peter Ellis - President of the Court
Henry Proffit - Lieutenant Webb
Fergal Coghlan - Lieutenant Midgley
Andrew Cullum - Medical Officer O'Sullivan
Cameron Robertson - Corporal of the Guard
Nikolas Salmon - Orderly Officer
Thomas Weit - Guard Private
Author: John Wilson
Director: Paul Tomlinson
Designer: Jacqueline Gunn
Lighting: Robbie Butler
Sound: Philip Matejtschuk
Production: Alexander Neal, Dilated Theatre Company
From: Thursday 28 June 2018
Closed: Saturday 21 July 2018
ActDrop full listing for For King and Country