13 Nov 2012 - 12 Jan 2013

The Dark Earth and the Light Sky

By Nick Dear

Directed By Richard Eyre

£8 - £32

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"Or must I be content with discontent
As larks and swallows are perhaps with wings?"
The Glory, Edward Thomas

Deep in the Hampshire countryside Edward Thomas scrapes a living; disaffected husband, exhausted father and tormented writer. Then in 1913 he meets American poet Robert Frost and everything changes. As their friendship blossoms Edward writes, emerging from his cocoon of self-doubt into one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century.

 

On the verge of success he makes the drastic decision to enlist, confounding his friends and family. The Dark Earth and the Light Sky delves into the life of this enigmatic and complex character in an era of change and destruction. 

 

Nick Dear recently adapted the highly acclaimed Frankenstein at the National Theatre. His other plays include Power, Zenobia and The Art of Success. His screenplays include Byron, Eroica and Persuasion.

 

Award-winning director Richard Eyre’s most recent theatre credits include Private Lives in the West End and The Reporter at the National Theatre. For film and television he has directed amongst others, Notes on a Scandal, Iris and the forthcoming Henry IV Parts I and II for the BBC.

 

Dates & Tickets

Previews Thu 8 - Wed 14 November
Press Night Thu 15 November (7pm)

Evening performances 7.30pm
Saturday matinees 2.30pm from 17 November
Wednesday matinees 2.30pm on 28 November and 9 January

This production contains occasional loud explosion effects

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR PERFORMANCES
There will be no performances on 24, 25, 26 or 31 December

SPECIAL EVENTS
Happy Mondays 12 November
Talkback Tue 11 December
(post performance with speech-to-text transcription)

ASSISTED PERFORMANCES

Dark Earth and Light Sky | Dates and Tickets | Captioned Captioned Tue 11 December, 7.30pm
Audio-described Sat 15 December, 2.30pm (Touch Tour at 1pm)

Theatre includes: Posh (Duke of York’s Theatre); The Cherry Orchard; The White Guard; Gethsemane; Never So Good; The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other; Present Laughter (National Theatre); Tiger Country (Hampstead Theatre); Joseph K (Gate Theatre).

Television includes: Henry IV Parts I & II;Neverland; Christopher and His Kind; Lewis; John Adams; Party Animals.

Film includes: That Syncing Feeling; The Eagle; Robin Hood; The Devil’s Wedding.

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"…outstanding and deeply moving…exquisitely staged and acted."

Independent on Sunday

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"Pip Carter is superb… A remarkable, elegiac production"

Mail on Sunday

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"Like Thomas's poetry, Richard Eyre's production is deceptively simple and deeply felt"

The Sunday Times

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"Nick Dear’s deep, deft new play…An unforgettably haunting evening."

The Times

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"Probing, intelligent… there is absolute clarity to Richard Eyre’s excellent production."

The Guardian

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"Richard Eyre’s simple and beautiful production…searching and deeply felt."

Daily Telegraph

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"…encapsulates everything that is cherishable about our world-envied subsidised theatre sector: a rich and layered piece of new writing."

Evening Standard

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"Timely and poignant."

Daily Mail

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"Richard Eyre's spare, exquisitely modulated production..."

The Independent

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"Pip Carter is wonderful as Edward, a touchy yet oddly loveable depressive, as is Hattie Morahan as his fiery yet devoted wife."

Time Out

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                        "Shaun Dooley’s bitter Frost is a self-assured foil to Pip Carter’s wonderfully insecure and sympatheticThomas…probably too unassuming to win any awards, but awards are what it deserves."

Whatsonstage.com

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"Utterly absorbing."

The Observer

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Metro

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Hattie Morahan shows again what a magnetic stage presence she has.

The Arts Desk

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"Pandora Colin twinkles infectiously…while Hattie Morahan is electric as the free-thinking, volatile Helen…gut-wrenching."

Daily Express

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Additional information

Running time is approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes including a 15 minute interval

Cast & Creatives

Pip Carter
Pandora Colin
Ifan Huw Dafydd
Shaun Dooley
Hattie Morahan
Dan Poole

Writer Nick Dear
Director Richard Eyre
Design Bob Crowley
Lighting Peter Mumford
Sound and Music John Leonard
Casting Cara Beckinsale
Dialect Jill McCullough
Voice Gareth Valentine
Movement Scarlett Mackmin
Assistant Director Ed Viney

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