John Betjeman may have left Oxford without a degree but the brilliant poet will be remembered in the city when a new play, Sand In The Sandwiches, which celebrates the writer’s life and work, opens at Oxford Playhouse in October.
Gareth Armstrong directs, and Edward Fox stars, in Hugh Whitemore’s new play which will tour the UK after its opening on October 25.
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 Poet Laureate, Sand in the Sandwiches gives a hugely entertaining insight into the world of the much-loved and irreverent writer.
Double BAFTA winner Edward Fox stars in this new one-man play, bringing Betjeman’s poetry and vivacious personality to life.
Fox’s distinguished career counts iconic British films including the Oscar winning Ghandi, The Day of the Jackal, A Bridge Too Far, Oh! What a Lovely War, The Dresser, The Go-Between, A Doll’s House, Pride and Prejudice, Robin Hood, Nicholas Nickleby, Force 10 from Navarone and James Bond’s Never Say Never Again.
His stage credits include The Audience, Four Quartets, Hamlet, An Evening with Anthony Trollope, Letter of Resignation and more.
His film credits have won him three BAFTA Awards and in 2003 he was awarded an OBE for his contribution to stage and cinema.
Hugh Whitemore is an award-winning writer whose work spans stage and screen. His theatre credits include As You Desire Me, Stevie, Pack of Lies (which won Judi Dench the Olivier Award for Best Female Actor), The Best of Friends, Breaking the Code, God Only Knows, Disposing of the Body and The Last Cigarette.
His films credits include Jane Eyre (1996), 84 Charing Cross Road, Stevie, The Return of the Soldier, Bluebird and Man At The Top.
UK Tour 2016
October 25-29, OXFORD Playhouse
Noveember 1,HARLOW Playhouse
November 2-12, CHICHESTER Minerva Theatre
November 15-16, GUILDFORD Yvonne Arnaud
November 20, EXETER Northcott Theatre
November 21-23, SALISBURY Playhouse
November 24, FOLKESTONE Book Festival