Royal & Derngate marks First World War with Pat Barker’s Regeneration


The world premiere of the first ever stage adaptation of Pat Barker’s First World War novel Regeneration takes to the stage at Royal & Derngate from August 29.

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

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

The cast is led by Stephen Boxer. Also appearing in the production is Christopher Brandon, Simon Coates, Tim Delap, Joshua Higgott, Jack Monaghan, David Morley Hale, Garmon Rhys and Lindy Whiteford.

The drama is directed by former associate director of Royal & Derngate, Evening Standard Award-winning Simon Godwin, whose latest work includes directing The Two Gentlemen Of Verona at the RSC.

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 (Boxer), 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.

It provides the centrepiece to a wide range of cultural events planned as part of the theatre’s collaboration with Northampton Museum and Art Gallery to commemorate Northampton’s contribution to the First World War.

Regeneration can be seen at the Northampton theatre from August 29 to September 20.

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