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Journey's End

  • R.C. Sheriff
  • Full Length Play, Drama, 1910s / WWI
  • 10M
  • ISBN: 9780573040030

The greatest of all English war plays, Journey's End shows the effect of war on a group of young officers.

  • Full Length Play
  • Drama
  • 120 minutes

  • Time Period: 1910s / WWI
  • Target Audience: Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18), Adult, Senior
  • Set Requirements: Interior Set

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre
R.C. Sherriff's ground-breaking play remains one of the most powerful and successful pieces of modern drama and one of the most acclaimed examples of literature that deals with the tragedy and horror of conflict.

Set over the course of four days leading up to a massive German attack on the British trenches in 1917, Journey's End charts the tension and claustrophobia as the new recruit to the company, Lieutenant Raleigh, discovers that Captain Stanhope, his former childhood friend and hero, has changed almost beyond recognition.


"The play draws its power from the detail... incomparably moving."

Georgina Brown, Daily Mail

"The greatest of all war plays."

Hannen Swaffer, The Daily Express

"[A] sublime play... Excellent performances and a corkscrew of tension, emotion and drama left not a dry eye in the house."

Matilda Battersby, Independent

"Recent revivals have suggested that Sherriff's drama remains as hard-hitting and fresh as ever."

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Premiere Production:

First produced by the Incorporated Stage Society at the Apollo Theatre, London, W.C., December 9th, 1928, and subsequently at the Savoy Theatre, Strand, London, W.C. January 21st, 1929.

The play was revived in 2004 and again in 2011 in productions directed by David Grindley.

  • Casting: 10M
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), All Male

CAPTAIN HARDY - red-faced and cheerful
LIEUTENANT OSBORNE - about 45, tall and thin
MASON - a soldier servant
SECOND LIEUTENANT RALEIGH - about 18, well-built and healthy-looking
CAPTAIN STANHOPE - 21, tall, thin and good-looking
SECOND LIEUTENANT TROTTER - middle-aged and overweight
HIBBERT - early 20s, a small, slightly-built man.
COMPANY SERGEANT-MAJOR - a huge man with a heavy black moustache

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The greatest of all English war plays, Journey's End shows the effect of war on a group of young officers. The play is a tragic and moving piece for advanced casts.