It was a sheer delight to see Edward Fox back on stage last year in Sand In The Sandwiches, a heartwarming one man show about the life of former poet laureate, John Betjeman.
Hugh Whitemore’s monologue was so well received (read Stage Review’s four-star verdict bit.ly/2ffrlyv) that Fox is continuing the tour this year with a week-long pit stop in the West End.
A journey through memory and verse, Sand In The Sandwiches collates the work of the 20th century’s most treasured poet.
Directed by Gareth Armstrong, the play will visit Northampton’s Royal & Derngate Theatre before its London stopover at Theatre Royal, Haymarket, in May.
Edward Fox said: “It is lovely to be returning to one of the great theatres of the world and to the role of John Betjeman, even now at the age of 80.
“All of us involved are working to magnify the voice of one of the greatest minds in England.
“Betjeman once said that ‘poetry is life’, and I agree. You can’t live without it.”
John Betjeman was the nation’s favourite poet. Sand in the Sandwiches celebrates a man famous not only for light verse and laughter, but for his passions, his sense of purpose and his unforgettable poetry.
Through boyhood, his adolescence, to life as Britain’s premier poet, Sand in the Sandwiches gives a hugely entertaining insight into the world of the much-loved and irreverent writer.
Triple BAFTA winner Edward Fox stars in this new one – man play, bringing Betjeman’s poetry and vivacious personality to life.
Sand in the Sandwiches will play at Theatre Royal Haymarket between May 30 and June 3. The week is available at the theatre due to a pre-contractual, prior engagement, which means that Damian Lewis is unavailable to perform in Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
The producers took the decision to suspend the run of The Goat for the week.
May 25-27, Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton May 30-June 3, Theatre Royal Haymarket June 6-10, Cambridge Arts Theatre June 13-15, Malvern Theatres June 16-17, New Victoria Theatre, Woking June 27-July 1, Theatre Royal, Brighton July 11-15, Theatre Royal, Bath