Journey’s End rehearsals finish in Hitchin ahead of Ypres performances

PUBLISHED: 07:06 05 October 2018 | UPDATED: 07:06 05 October 2018

MESH Theatre's cast for Journey's End, which will be performed at Ypres in Belgium from October 10 to November 12. Picture: MESH Theatre

MESH Theatre's cast for Journey's End, which will be performed at Ypres in Belgium from October 10 to November 12. Picture: MESH Theatre

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A theatre company has finished rehearsals of First World War drama Journey’s End in Hitchin, ahead of a month of performances in Flanders to mark 100 years since the armistice.

Tom Kay as Capt Stanhope in MESH Theatre's production of Journey's End, which will be performed at Ypres in Belgium from October 10 to November 12. Picture: MESH TheatreTom Kay as Capt Stanhope in MESH Theatre's production of Journey's End, which will be performed at Ypres in Belgium from October 10 to November 12. Picture: MESH Theatre

MESH Theatre held dress rehearsals at the British Schools Museum in Hitchin, and at Wellington Barracks in London on Monday night.

The Herts-based company’s production of RC Sherriff’s 1928 play – which was last year turned into a film – is to be performed at Het Kruitmagazijn in Ypres from Wednesday, October 10, to Monday, November 12.

Alex Phelps as Second Lieutenant Raleigh in MESH Theatre's production of Journey's End, which will be performed at Ypres in Belgium from October 10 to November 12. Picture: MESH TheatreAlex Phelps as Second Lieutenant Raleigh in MESH Theatre's production of Journey's End, which will be performed at Ypres in Belgium from October 10 to November 12. Picture: MESH Theatre

The play is based on the first-hand experiences of soldier-playwright Sherriff, who was wounded at the Third Battle of Ypres in 1917.

Director Sally Woodcock said: “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime privilege to revive this classic play on the very soil which inspired it, where so many thousands of lives were lost, in this armistice centenary.

Het Kruitmagazijn in Ypres, Belgium, where MESH Theatre will be performing Journey's End from October 10 to November 12. Picture: Josh MacmillanHet Kruitmagazijn in Ypres, Belgium, where MESH Theatre will be performing Journey's End from October 10 to November 12. Picture: Josh Macmillan

“Its characters strike chords with people, especially soldiers, because it was written by a soldier – so that authenticity is unmistakable.

“This year’s production promises to be something very special.”

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