New wave of talent takes on modern classic
A new production of the award-winning drama Another Country opens at the Theatre Royal in Bath next week, introducing a whole new generation of rising stars.
Another Country was one of the most significant plays of the 20th century and rises the curtain on the Theatre Royal's new autumn season. The cast features Julian Wadham (This House, Downton Abbey, The English Patient), who performed in his youth in the original West End production of Julian Mitchell's Olivier Award-winning drama 30 years ago.
The Theatre Royal and Chichester Festival Theatre have joined forces to co-produce this vibrant and moving drama with a new generation of rising stars including Will Attenborough grandson of Richard Attenborough, Cai Brigden, Rob Callender, Dario Coates, Mark Donald, Orlando James, Oliver Johnstone, Bill Milner and James Parris.
Another Country is set at an English public school during one summer term in the 1930s. Bennett and Judd are both outsiders; one coming to terms with his sexuality, the other already a committed Marxist. When a scandal rocks the corridors of learning, the reaction of these two idealistic, rebellious students shakes the school to its foundations. But the Establishment has traditional ways of dealing with rebels, and the young men must confront their beliefs and make choices which will have a momentous impact on their lives, their friends and even on the future of the country.
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Playwright Julian Mitchell balances dazzling wit with thought-provoking drama in this fictionalised account of the youth of such people as the infamous Cambridge spy Guy Burgess and the Communist John Cornford, who died in the Spanish Civil War. When Mitchell's Another Country first opened in the West End in 1982 it created a sensation, heralded a resurgence of great British drama, inspired a film, and also launched the careers of Rupert Everett, Kenneth Branagh, Daniel Day Lewis and Colin Firth.
Wadham returns to Another Country to play the role of Vaughan Cunningham, after appearing in the first West End production at the Queen's Theatre 30 years ago.
The play runs from Wednesday, September 4 to Saturday, 14.