By Nick Dear
Directed By Richard Eyre
£8 - £32
"Or must I be content with discontent
As larks and swallows are perhaps with wings?"
The Glory, Edward Thomas
Deep in the Hampshire countryside Edward Thomas scrapes a living; disaffected husband, exhausted father and tormented writer. Then in 1913 he meets American poet Robert Frost and everything changes. As their friendship blossoms Edward writes, emerging from his cocoon of self-doubt into one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century.
On the verge of success he makes the drastic decision to enlist, confounding his friends and family. The Dark Earth and the Light Sky delves into the life of this enigmatic and complex character in an era of change and destruction.
Nick Dear recently adapted the highly acclaimed Frankenstein at the National Theatre. His other plays include Power, Zenobia and The Art of Success. His screenplays include Byron, Eroica and Persuasion.
Award-winning director Richard Eyre’s most recent theatre credits include Private Lives in the West End and The Reporter at the National Theatre. For film and television he has directed amongst others, Notes on a Scandal, Iris and the forthcoming Henry IV Parts I and II for the BBC.
Previews Thu 8 - Wed 14 November
Press Night Thu 15 November (7pm)
Evening performances 7.30pm
Saturday matinees 2.30pm from 17 November
Wednesday matinees 2.30pm on 28 November and 9 January
This production contains occasional loud explosion effects
CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR PERFORMANCES
There will be no performances on 24, 25, 26 or 31 December
Happy Mondays 12 November
Talkback Tue 11 December
(post performance with speech-to-text transcription)
|Captioned Tue 11 December, 7.30pm|
|Audio-described Sat 15 December, 2.30pm (Touch Tour at 1pm)|
Theatre includes: Posh (Duke of York’s Theatre); The Cherry Orchard; The White Guard; Gethsemane; Never So Good; The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other; Present Laughter (National Theatre); Tiger Country (Hampstead Theatre); Joseph K (Gate Theatre).
Television includes: Henry IV Parts I & II;Neverland; Christopher and His Kind; Lewis; John Adams; Party Animals.
Film includes: That Syncing Feeling; The Eagle; Robin Hood; The Devil’s Wedding.
"…outstanding and deeply moving…exquisitely staged and acted."
Independent on Sunday
"Nick Dear’s deep, deft new play…An unforgettably haunting evening."
"Probing, intelligent… there is absolute clarity to Richard Eyre’s excellent production."
"Richard Eyre’s simple and beautiful production…searching and deeply felt."
"…encapsulates everything that is cherishable about our world-envied subsidised theatre sector: a rich and layered piece of new writing."
"Timely and poignant."
"Richard Eyre's spare, exquisitely modulated production..."
"Pip Carter is wonderful as Edward, a touchy yet oddly loveable depressive, as is Hattie Morahan as his fiery yet devoted wife."
Running time is approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes including a 15 minute interval
Ifan Huw Dafydd
Writer Nick Dear
Director Richard Eyre
Design Bob Crowley
Lighting Peter Mumford
Sound and Music John Leonard
Casting Cara Beckinsale
Dialect Jill McCullough
Voice Gareth Valentine
Movement Scarlett Mackmin
Assistant Director Ed Viney