Sunday 11 November 2018, 7.00pm
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
|TicketsFixed Position Standing: £10 | Seated: £20 – £25||Running timeTo be confirmed|
‘In thy faint slumbers I by thee have watch’d,
And heard thee murmur tales of iron wars;’
Henry IV, Part I, Act II, scene 3
Join us on the centenary of Armistice Day for an evening of performances that will pit Shakespeare’s imagined experience of war against the realities of twenty-first century military life.
Focusing on current serving and veteran military personnel and their families, this will be an evening of remembrance for all those who served in both the First World War and other more recent conflicts. The call and response between Shakespeare and our contemporaries will explore what war means to our society, how we view the military and combat, and how it touches our lives.
The performance will also be a testament to the power of art, theatre, and specifically Shakespeare, to rehabilitate and enrich the lives of those who have experienced the effects of war.
The cast will be drawn from actors who are members or affiliates of the Soldiers’ Arts Academy.
The Soldiers’ Arts Academy c.i.c.
The Soldiers’ Arts Academy provides a platform through which serving and ex-serving military personnel and their families can participate in the creative and performing arts, using their skills and experiences to engage audiences. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to them.
Please note: the performers’ accounts of contemporary military life will be honest and personal. As well as moments that explore the quirks and lighter sides of military life, there will also be moments in their accounts of war that directly reference the violent reality of conflict, which some people may find distressing. There will also be moments of strong language and some adult references. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact our box office team for more information.