The White Carnation by R.C.Sherriff - Finborough Theatre
The White Carnation by R.C.Sherriff
The Finborough Theatre
Directed by Knight Mantell
Set Designed by Alex Marker
Costume Design by Janet Hudson Holt
Lighting Design by Peter Harrison
Sound Design and Original Composition by Lucinda Mason Brown
Cast: Robert Benfield, Daisy Boulton, Ashley Cook, Lynette Edwards, Aden Gillett, Harriett Hare, Josie Kidd, Bruce Panday, Joss Porter, Benjamin Whitrow, Derek Wright, Philip York.
November – Saturday, 21 December 2013
The first production in sixty years
“There have been strange rumours about this house. Although it was in a state of ruin, lights were seen in the windows every Christmas Eve: music was heard: voices and laughter…”
With a superlative cast led by Aden Gillett (Winner of the OffWestEnd Award for Best Actor for Accolade at the Finborough Theatre) and Benjamin Whitrow.
Christmas Eve, 1951. As Britain rebuilds itself after the war, John Greenwood has it all – a successful business, a beautiful house and an aristocratic wife. But as he bids farewell to the guests leaving his annual Christmas party, a gust of wind slams the front door shut, starting a chain of events that makes him doubt everything he has ever known…
From the writer of one of the 20th century’s most acclaimed plays, Journey’s End, The White Carnation is a ghostly tale of one man’s chance to do things differently. This rediscovery marks the first production since its premiere, starring Sir Ralph Richardson, in 1953.
‘Alex Marker, however, comes up with a stunning set that does a couple of lightning conversions.’
Michael Billington – The Guardian
‘Alex Marker once again gets the most out of the Finborough’s minute stage with a haunting monochrome design which possesses an ethereal quality, adding yet another layer of ambiguity to what really exists.’
Nathaniel Kent – The Public Reviews
‘The set design was similarly well done, with care and consideration shown to the look and feel of the post-war time in which the play was written. As an audience we were taken straight into the situation of the text, and I genuinely felt like we were outside in this scene – an achievement considering I was upstairs in an old pub in West Brompton.’