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Chichester's Another Country transfers to Trafalgar Studios

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

The Chichester Festival Theatre revival of Julian Mitchell’s Olivier Award-winning Another Country, directed by Jeremy Herrin, is transferring to Trafalgar Studios 1, where it runs from March 26 to June 21, 2014.

What would lead a man to betray his country? What would lead a boy to betray his friends? Questions that become fatally entwined in this story that follows a company of public schoolboys through a summer term in the early 1930s. Bennett and Judd are both outsiders; one coming to terms with his homosexuality, the other already a committed Marxist.

But the Establishment has traditional ways of dealing with rebels and when a scandal rocks the school, the young men must confront their beliefs and make choices which will have a momentous impact on their lives and on the future of their country.

Another Country balances subtle wit and thought-provoking drama in a fictionalised account of the youth of such people as the spy Guy Burgess and the Communist John Cornford, who died in the Spanish Civil War.

The cast features Will Attenborough, son of director Michael Attenborough, as Judd, and newcomer Rob Callender as Bennett.

They are joined by Cai Brigden (as Delahay), Mark Donald (Devenish), Dario Coates (Sanderson), Bill Milner (Wharton), James Parris (Menzies), Julian Wadham (Vaughan Cunningham) and Mark Quartley (Barclay).

Jeremy Herrin (Uncle Vanya and South Downs also in the West End for Chichester) is Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre where his credits include That Face. Elsewhere, his work includes This House (National Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe) and the forthcoming Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies (RSC).

When the original production of Another Country transferred to the West End in 1982 it helped launch the careers of Rupert Everett, Kenneth Branagh, Daniel Day Lewis and Colin Firth. In 1984, it was adapted for the screen, with Everett and Firth as Bennett and Judd.

Also at Trafalgar Studios: The Act, fresh from two sell-out runs at the Ovalhouse Theatre.