For King and Country
1918. The Western Front.
Private Hamp, a young working-class soldier from the North of England, has been in the frontline of a bloody battlefield for three years. One day he decides to walk away…
This tense court-room drama, set during the final months of the Great War, follows the young shell-shocked Hamp’s trial for desertion and his fight for his right to live. His defending officer, lawyer, Lieutenant Hargreaves, must face a seemingly insurmountable challenge – to save a young soldier from the firing squad.
Will Private Arthur Hamp be found innocent and released with his life or will he become yet another casualty of the unforgiving and relentless war machine?
This forgotten classic by John Wilson has been powerfully re-imagined for the stage by director Paul Tomlinson (Force and Hypocrisy, Raising Hell, The Young Vic; Tommy, Downright Hooligan, West End; Orphans, Southwark Playhouse) and designer Jacqueline Gunn (The Dillen, RSC; The Pocket Dream, Nottingham Playhouse and West End).
This production proudly commemorates 1918 in support of the Royal British Legion and as a member of the IWM First World War Centenary Partnership.
John Wilson’s brilliant script was first performed in 1964 starring Richard Briers, Leonard Rossiter and John Hurt and was later adapted into the BAFTA nominated film King and Country with Tom Courtney, Dirk Bogarde and Leo McKern.
Dilated Theatre’s production marks the long-overdue return of For King and Country to a London stage for the first time in over 30 years.