Pat Barker’s WWI drama Regeneration to open at Royal & Derngate


The world premiere of the first ever stage adaptation of Pat Barker’s First World War novel Regeneration, by Nicholas Wright, opens at Royal & Derngate from Friday.

Part of the theatre’s Made in Northampton season, this co-production with Touring Consortium Theatre Company will embark on national tour after opening in Northampton.

Pat Barker’s haunting Booker-nominated novel has been adapted by Olivier Award-winning playwright Nicholas Wright (Vincent In Brixton, His Dark Materials, National Theatre).

The cast is Stephen Boxer, Christopher Brandon, Simon Coates, Tim Delap, Joshua Higgott and Jack Monaghan.

The production is directed by former associate director of Royal & Derngate, Evening Standard Award-winning Simon Godwin, whose recent work includes Strange Interlude at London’s National Theatre.

Set at Craiglockhart War Hospital, Scotland, in 1917, the play follows poet and soldier Siegfried Sassoon who has been institutionalised in an attempt to undermine his public disapproval of the war.

His army psychiatrist, Dr William Rivers, is tasked with returning shell-shocked officers to the trenches, yet has become tormented by the morality of what is being done in the name of medicine.

Regeneration is a compellingly compassionate look at a nihilistic war and the devastating effect it had on a generation of young men.

The drama is the centre-piece to a wide range of cultural events planned as part of the theatre’s collaboration with Northampton Museum and Art Gallery to commemorate the town’s part in the First World War.

Marking the opening weekend of the play, a First World War Family Day on Saturday 30 August celebrates the value of community, with indoor and outdoor craft activities, stalls, exhibitions and entertainment.

Regeneration runs from Friday until September 20

Tour dates:

September 23-27, Theatre Royal, York
September 30-October 4, King’s Theatre, Edinburgh
October 7-11, Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
October 14-18, Theatre Royal, Nottingham
October 21-25, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
October 27-November 1, Richmond Theatre, London
November 4-8, Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
November 11-15, Civic Theatre, Darlington
November 18-22, The Playhouse, Oxford
November 25-29, Blackpool Grand Theatre, Blackpool.

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