1 Old Market Hill
Sturminster Newton DT10 1QU
Journey’s End By R C Sherriff
Operation Michael was a major German military offensive during the First World War and began the Spring Offensive at dawn on 21st March 1918. It was designed to separate the British and French forces and capture the ports supplying the allied troops, bringing the war to an end. The offensive moved so quickly that the Germans could not re-ammunition the fast-moving front line and it failed.
It is recognised as the battle that started the end of the war.
R.C. Sherriff’s powerful play is set in an officer dugout on the front line at St. Quentin, northern France, and opens as the new company is moving in to start its tour of duty on the night of Monday 18th March 1918. It explores the relationship between men dealing with the stresses and strains of war in their own ways. The company officers are a mix of public school boys and men promoted through the ranks.
First shown at The Apollo Theatre London, in December 1928, an unknown Laurence Olivier starred in the role of Captain Stanhope. It was aimed at a female audience, to explain what the men had experienced and were reluctant to talk about after the war. With a new film released on 2nd February 2018, the play is being promoted to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1.
As the play is studied for GCSE English Literature, a discount is offered to school’s subject to terms and conditions.