Bury the Dead - Finborough Theatre

Saturday 6 October 2018

Off-West End - Shows

The last play of the Finborough Theatre's GREATWAR100 series, Irwin Shaw's expressionistic American protest play starts a four week season on Tuesday, 30 October 2018.
Bury the Dead at Finborough Theatre

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First performed on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in 1936, Bury The Dead became on overnight success.

Now it features as the last play in the Finborough Theatre's GREATWAR100 series, and plays from 30 October to 24 November 2018.

A poignant, expressionistic American protest play, Bury The Dead is presented during the centenary of the end of the First World War and gives a voice to generations of fighting soldiers across the world lost to countless wars.

This production marks Rafaella Marcus' directorial debut at the Finborough Theatre following her critically acclaimed production of I Have A Mouth and I Will Scream at Vault Festival earlier this year.

About the playwright

Irwin Shaw (1913-1984) was born in New York and was a playwright, screenwriter and novelist.

His full-length plays included Siege (1937), Quiet City (1939) and The Gentle People (1939).

After returning from the Second World War, the subject of war continued to feature throughout much of Shaw's work including his first, best-selling novel - The Young Lions (1948), about three young German and American soldiers, which later became a screenplay starring Marlon Brando and Dean Martin.

Later in his career, Shaw came to be described as the 'master of the popular novel' by critics.

His novel Rich Man, Poor Man (1970) was made into a highly popular television miniseries.

About the director

Rafaella Marcus is an award winning theatre director.

She has worked across the country at venues that include Sheffield Theatres, the Other Palace, Theatre503, Arcola Theatre, Southwark Playhouse and the Bunker.

Earlier this year, she directed Abi Zakarian's play I Have a Mouth and I Will Scream, winner of the People's Choice Award (VAULT Festival).

Other direction includes Alley. Pearls. Gunshot. (The Yard), Spooky Action At A Distance (Bunker), Crave (Damsel Develops at the Bunker), The Wild Party (Hope Theatre), The Window/Blank Pages (Hope Theatre), Harry the King (Edinburgh Festival), Sonya and Andrew (Sheffield Theatres) and Laughing Boy (site specific in Bethnal Green).

She has assisted directors Dominic Dromgoole, Richard Wilson, Iqbal Khan, Paul Miller, Alex Clifton, Jonathan Humphries and Roisin McBrinn on Pericles (Shakespeare's Globe), Romeo and Juliet, The Wind in the Willows (Chester Performs), Boeing Boeing, Afterplay, Love Your Soldiers, The Winter's Tale (Sheffield Theatres) and The Killing of Sister George (Arts Theatre).

She trained on the Birkbeck Theatre Directing MFA and was a Finalist for the JMK Award in 2017.


"They're still standing up.

They're going to stand up from now till Doomsday.

They're not going to be able to bury soldiers anymore"

When six dead soldiers stand up in their graves and refuse to be buried, the military are at a loss for what to do.

The captains and generals attempt to persuade the men to lie down quietly but quickly discover it's difficult to negotiate with men who have nothing left to lose.

If the greatest honour is to die for your country, how could you ever refuse?


Author: Irwin Shaw
Director: Rafaella Marcus
Production: Larner Wallace-Taylor for Brickdust in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre


Finborough Theatre
118 Finborough Road
SW10 9ED


From: Tuesday 30 October 2018

Closed: Saturday 24 November 2018


Previews: £14


Prices until 11 November 2018


except Tuesday Evenings £16 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £18 all seats.

Prices from 13 November 2018


except Tuesday Evenings £18 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £20 all seats.


Prices until 11 November 2018


£10 tickets for Under 30's for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.

£14 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 6 October 2018 when booked online only.

Prices from 13 November 2018



Show website
ActDrop full listing for Bury the Dead

Irwin Shaw - Wikipedia

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