The Dark Earth and the Light Sky

Almeida

The Dark Earth and the Light Sky

08 Nov 2012 - 12 Jan 2013

£8.00 - £32.00

Pro reviewers rating
9 reviews

3.9 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
3 reviews

3.2 out of 5.0

“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 PowerZenobia and The Art of Success. His screenplays include ByronEroica 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 ScandalIrisand the forthcoming Henry IV Parts I and II for the BBC.

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Peer Reviews (3)    

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Very strong performances from Pip Carter as the depressed poet and Hattie Morahan as his besieged wife (and the only sensible character in the play). But the quality of the acting only serves to make two hours spent with unsympathetic characters and an unsurprising plot something you can appreciate the craft of, rather than actually enjoying. I can see how it racked up its many 4-star reviews but ...

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Cabe Franklin 23 Dec 2012

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