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imitating the dog and The Dukes, Lancaster in association with Live at LICA and CAST

A Farewell to Arms

By Ernest Hemingway

An adaptation by imitating the dog

★★★★ The Guardian

★★★★ The Stage

★★★★ The Public Reviews

Based on the author’s real-life experience in 1918, A Farewell to Arms tells the story of Frederic Henry, an American ambulance driver for the Italian army and his relationship with British nurse Catherine Barkley. Against the backdrop of the war the two protagonists discover the redemptive power of love and experience the loss of innocence as they attempt to cement their relationship in a time of devastating conflict. In this first UK stage adaptation of one of the classic novels of the twentieth century, imitating the dog fuse video projection, beautiful stage design and original music to create an extraordinary adaptation of Hemingway’s powerful meditation on love and the brutality of modern warfare.

From reviews for A Farewell to Arms Autumn 2014

imitating the dog is not only a company without imitators, it is currently without peer” – The Guardian

Rarely has the futility of conflict been so powerfully presented on stage” – The Stage

imitating the dog is still, to me, one of the UK’s most interesting companies” – Clare Brennan, The Observer

This is definitely a performance to see…afterwards reflect on the true power of love and the utter brutality and banality of modern warfare – both perfectly portrayed in A Farewell to Arms” – The Public Reviews


Adapted and Directed by Andrew Quick and Pete Brooks

Projection and Video Designs by Simon Wainwright

Stage Design by Laura Hopkins

Lighting Design by Andrew Crofts

Music by Jeremy Peyton-Jones

Sound Design by Steven Jackson

Technicians – Andrew Crofts, Ian Ryan and Rory Howson

Stage Manager – Denise Body

Producer – Henrietta Duckworth


Laura Atherton – Catherine Barkley

Joshua Johnson –The Priest and ensemble

Morven Macbeth – Helen Ferguson and ensemble

Jude Monk McGowan – Frederic Henry

Matt Prendergast – Rinaldi and ensemble

Marco Rossi –The Major and ensemble


Show photos – Ed Waring