It is Easy to be Dead transfers to Trafalgar Studios 2
The hit play transfers from the Finborough.
It has been announced that It Is Easy to Be Dead by Neil McPherson will transfer to Trafalgar Studios 2 following a successful run at the Finborough Theatre in west London, running from 9 November – 3 December 2016 with an official opening on 11 November 2016.
Based on the poetry, letters and brief life of Charles Hamilton Sorley, it features music and songs by Gertrud Emily Borngräber, Rupert Brooke, William Denis Browne, George Butterworth, Dòmhnall Ruadh Chorùna, André Devaere, George Dyson, Ernest Bristow Farrar, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Ivor Gurney, A. E. Housman, John Ireland, Donnchadh MacIain, John Masefield, Rudi Stephan and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Directed by Max Key it features design by Phil Lindley, lighting and video design by Rob Mills, costume design by Charlotte Espiner, sound design by Nathan Hamilton and music Direction by Elizabeth Rossiter.
"When twenty year old Charles Sorley is killed in action during the First World War, his devastated parents are left with only his letters and poems to remember him by. Using his extraordinary writings, together with mus ic and songs of the period, It Is Easy To Be Dead is a tender portrait of a brief life filled with promise, cut short by the futility of war. Charles Sorley was a witty, intelligent and spirited young man from Aberdeen, with a talent for poetry and dreams of escaping his privileged background. Studying in Germany in 1914 – where he was briefly imprisoned as an enemy alien – his life, like those of millions of other young men and their families, was ripped apart by the start of the First World War. Inspired by his experiences in Germany and of the horror and pity of war, he created some of the most profound and moving war poetry ever written, directly inspiring the grim disillusionment of later poets such as Wi lfred Owen, Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon."
The cast will feature Hugh Benson, Alexander Knox, Jenny Lee, Tom Marshall and Elizabeth Rossiter.
The original London run at the Finborough played to sell-out audiences and it was nominated for seven Off-WestEnd Awards including Best New Play, Best Male Performance, and Best Director.