Doctor Scroggy's War
By Howard Brenton
From 12 September 2014
£15 - £42 seats
2 hours 30 minutes including interval
The Hon. Penelope Wedgewood
Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig
Harold Gillies/Doctor Scroggy
Lord Ralph Dulwich
Corporal Clancy/Lieutenant Jones
Sir William Arbuthnot-Lane
Corporal Fergal O’Hannagan
Lieutenant Machan/ Private Pearce
Field Marshall Sir John French
Mrs Twigg/Queen Mary
Marshall Joffre/ Lieutenant Hardy
Please note: This production has now closed.
In Howard Brenton’s epic new play about the First World War, Jack Twigg, 19 years old, enlists in the London Regiment and goes on a journey he never imagined – nor did the rest of the world. On his way, he meets the pioneering medic Harold Gillies, who saves his life and his sanity. But who is the mysterious ‘Doctor Scroggy’ who appears at night in Gillies’s hospital dispensing champagne to the patients?
Howard Brenton and John Dove, the team that brought you Anne Boleyn (Best New Play – What’s On Stage Awards) return to the Globe depicting Gillies’s war against war. Hilarious and moving, Doctor Scroggy’s War gives a sideways look at the First World War a hundred years after its onset.
'Directed with warmth and humour by John Dove... the story finds humour and tragedy in the shake-up of the English class system during the war years'
‘John Dove’s beautifully brisk production exploits Brenton’s talent for swift transitions and verbal riffs... hits you in the heart'
'Sadness combines with a galloping sense of mirth... this big, warm, perceptive play, one which proves that the last post for invigorating drama about the Great War has not yet been sounded'
The Daily Telegraph
'One of the very finest of this year’s glut of First World War dramas... Dove directs with energy and sensitivity'
'Brenton is at the top of his game'
'As a big entertainment with a serious message, it hits the spot as only Howard Brenton knows how'
'Howard Brenton’s wise, funny, sad play... an epic affair... very touching'
'This is Brenton's third fine play for the Globe, and he's well supported by [director John] Dove, designer Michael Taylor and the music of William Lyons'
'The clear narrative is filled with engaging asides, the horrors tempered with humour... fills this challenging outdoor space perfectly'
Mail on Sunday
'First-rate performances from James Garnon as the sporty, real-life Gillies, Will Featherstone as a working-class boy who quickly achieves officer status and Catherine Bailey as his aristocratic lover... it left me deeply moved'
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