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Doctor Scroggy's War

By Howard Brenton

From 12 September 2014

£5 standing
£15 - £42 seats 

Running time:
2 hours 30 minutes including interval


Directed by
John Dove


Catherine Bailey
The Hon. Penelope Wedgewood 

Sam Cox
Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig 

Patrick Driver
Mr Twigg 

Will Featherstone
Jack Twigg 

James Garnon
Harold Gillies/Doctor Scroggy 

Daisy Hughes
Tilly Hope 

Joe Jameson
Lord Ralph Dulwich 

Tom Kanji
Corporal Clancy/Lieutenant Jones 

Christopher Logan
Sir William Arbuthnot-Lane 

William Mannering
Corporal Fergal O’Hannagan 

Holly Morgan
Megan Jones 

Rhiannon Oliver
Catherine Black

Keith Ramsay
Lieutenant Machan/ Private Pearce 

Paul Rider
Field Marshall Sir John French 

Katy Stephens
Mrs Twigg/Queen Mary 

Dickon Tyrrell
Marshall Joffre/ Lieutenant Hardy

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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'
The Independent  

‘John Dove’s beautifully brisk production exploits Brenton’s talent for swift transitions and verbal riffs... hits you in the heart'
The Guardian

'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'
Evening Standard

'Brenton is at the top of his game'
Daily Mail

'As a big entertainment with a serious message, it hits the spot as only Howard Brenton knows how'
Time Out

'Howard Brenton’s wise, funny, sad play... an epic affair... very touching'
Financial Times

'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'
Country Life  


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