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A Farewell to Arms

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

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.


4 stars
4 stars
4 stars


  • 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