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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.
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?
This forgotten classic by John Wilson 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.
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London SE1 6BD
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
Author: John Wilson
Director: Paul Tomlinson
Designer: Jacqueline Gunn
Production: Alexander Neal, Dilated Theatre