Love and war in first UK tour of Hemingway’s A Farewell To Arms

Jude Monk McGowan in Farewell To Arms. Photos Ed Waring.
Jude Monk McGowan in Farewell To Arms. Photos Ed Waring.

The first stage adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell To Arms is touring the UK.

imitating the dog, one of the UK’s most original and innovative performance theatre companies, has four venues remaining before taking the seminal First World War novel to Italy.

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 English 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.

Laura Atherton as Catherine Barkley and Jude Monk McGowan as Frederic Henry - Photo by Ed Waring ITD-AFTA-PRINT-079-9790

imitating the dog 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.

Jude Monk McGowan (The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable, National Theatre/Punchdrunk and the recent screen adaptation of Anna Karenina) is Frederic Henry and Laura Atherton plays Catherine. Other roles will be played by Morven Macbeth, Matt Pendergast, Marco Rossi and Joshua Jackson.

The drama is suitable for 14+ and will feature scenes of an adult nature

Director Andrew Quick told Stage Review: “imitating the dog are very excited to have obtained the rights for Hemingway’s wonderful novel, A Farewell to Arms, and to be the first to produce the first stage adaptation of the much loved classic in the UK.

“The company fell in love with the novel many years ago and knew that the creative possibilities of creating something very special with our unique theatrical style could be endless.

“Hemingway’s storytelling is so evocative of the way love consumes and elevates us and his taut writing style lends itself to our visual approach to theatre-making.

“I am sure that audiences in the UK and Italy are going to really enjoy and be highly moved by this original adaption of Hemingway’s classic and much loved novel.”

Remaining tour dates:

Until Saturday, New Wolsey, Ipswich
November 13-15, The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays
November 19-22, Birmingham Repertory Theatre
November 27-29, The Old Market Theatre, Brighton

The production will tour Italy from 2-11 December

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