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New project for Autumn 2014: A Farewell to Arms

16th June 2014 by Simon Wainwright

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be touring a new show in the Autumn, and it’s probably our biggest and most ambitious project to date. We’re teaming up with The Dukes (Lancaster), Cast (Doncaster) and our regular supporters LICA and Live at LICA to create the first UK stage adaptation of Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms. We’ll be working with Designer Laura Hopkins again who worked on Hotel Methuselah, The Zero Hour and 6 Degrees Below the Horizon and Jeremy Peyton-Jones who wrote the score for The Zero Hour.

> See the UK tour dates

Here’s a snippet from the official press release:

imitating the dog, one of the UK’s most original and innovative performance theatre companies are set to bring their unique theatrical vision to the stage this autumn when they produce the first UK stage adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s seminal First World War novel A Farewell to Arms.

To coincide with the centenary anniversary of the start of the First World War, A Farewell to Arms is coproduced with The Dukes, Lancaster and supported with complementary regional producing organisations, Live at LICA and CAST, Doncaster.  The production premieres at the Dukes prior to a UK and Italian Tour.

Based on the author’s real-life experience in 1918 in Italy, 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 will fuse video projection, beautiful stage design and original music to create an extraordinary adaptation of Hemingway’s powerful tale of love and the brutality of modern warfare.

Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms was published in 1929 and a year later was adapted on Broadway by Laurence Stallings. It was then subsequently made into a Oscar nominated film by Paramount Pictures in 1932 featuring Gary Cooper and then remade in 1957 with Rock Hudson and Jennifer Jones in its cast. The 1932 version of the film has just been re-released by the BFI.


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