For King and Country

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Tense court-room drama, set during the final months of the Great War, follows the young shell-shocked Private Hamp's trial for desertion and his fight for his right to live.
For King and Country at Southwark Playhouse

Image: Dilated Theatre Company


Genre: Drama
Venue: Southwark Playhouse
Started: Thursday 28 June 2018
Closed: Saturday 21 July 2018
Running time:2 hrs 13 mins
Age suitability: 12+


John Wilson's brilliant script was first performed in 1964 starring Richard Briers, Leonard Rossiter and John Hurt and was later adapted into the BAFTA nominated film King and Country with Tom Courtney, Dirk Bogarde and Leo McKern.

Dilated Theatre's production marks the long-overdue return of For King and Country to a London stage for the first time in over 40 years.

This forgotten classic has been powerfully re-imagined for the stage by director Paul Tomlinson (Force and Hypocrisy, Raising Hell, The Young Vic; Tommy, Downright Hooligan, West End; Orphans, Southwark Playhouse) and designer Jacqueline Gunn (The Dillen, RSC; The Pocket Dream, Nottingham Playhouse and West End).

In support of the Royal British Legion and as part of the Imperial War Museum Centenary Partnership, this production proudly commemorates the centenary of the end of the First World War.


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?


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77-85 Newington Causeway
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Previews from:Thursday 28 June 2018

Press night:Monday 2 July 2018

Closes:Saturday 21 July 2018

Performance days & times


Monday ‑ 7‑30pm

Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm



Tuesday - 3-00pm

Saturday - 3-00pm







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

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