Philip Franks returns to his role as 'Osborne' in "Journey's End"

Philip Franks returns to his role as 'Osborne' in "Journey's End"

Philip Franks is returning to his role as 'Osborne' R C Sherriff's Journey's End , at the Duke of York's Theatre from 20 Dec 2004, prior to the show closing on 15 Jan 2005.

The Rest Of the cast includes Tom Wisdom (Stanhope); Stephen Casey, Roger Walker, Stephen Hudson, Richard Glaves, Simon Shackleton, James Staddon, William Gregory, Christopher Knott, Edward Fulton.

Before its transfer to both the Playhouse (from 3 May 2004) & Duke of York's Theatre (from 5 Oct 2004), the play opened at the Comedy theatre on 21 Jan 2004 to terrific notices from the popular press: NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Still comes at you with such galloping power and poignancy." PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Deeply affecting revival." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "Works powerfully on our emotions." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Magnificent play." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Gripping." ALASTAIR MACAULAY for THE FINANCIAL TIMES says, "It is as compelling, as moving, as anything in London theatre today."

Produced by Background, the play is directed by David Grindley, designed by Jonathan Fensom, with lighting by Jason Taylor.

Set against the background of life in the trenches during World War One, the play is based on the author's own experience of the Front. It follows a group of officers behind British lines at St Quentin, France, who await their fate on the front line.

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