About the show
Edward Fox stars in the West End transfer of Sand In The Sandwiches at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Sand In The Sandwiches is a celebrated one-man show about the poet John Betjeman. It makes its West End debut for a strictly limited season. Following a sold-out tour in 2016, the play runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket during a brief break in the performance schedule of The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? That break is because of the unavailability of The Goat’s lead performer Damian Lewis.
Hugh Whitemore wrote Sand In The Sandwiches. It charts the life of the former Poet Laureate from his childhood to his adult success and transformation into one of the nation’s best-loved poets.
The three-time BAFTA Award-winning Edward Fox performs the show. Fox’s previous work includes the films Ghandi, The Day Of The Jackal, Oh! What A Lovely War and also A Bridge Too Far. On stage he performed in shows including The Audience, Four Quartets and An Evening With Anthony Trollope.
Speaking about performing at Theatre Royal Haymarket, Fox said:“It is lovely to be returning to one of the great theatres of the world and to the role of John Betjeman, even now at the age of 80. All of us involved are working to magnify the voice of one of the greatest minds in England. Betjeman once said that ‘poetry is life’, and I agree. You can’t live without it.”
Gareth Armstrong directs the production.
Betjeman was the Poet Laureate from 1972 to 1984. His humorous and evocative poetry conjures up a particular time in England. It makes the everyday elements of life profoundly beautiful. The title of the play, Sand In The Sandwiches, is taken from his poem Trebetherick, named after the village in Cornwall. The poem starts with memories of picnic where there was “sand in the sandwiches, wasps in the tea…”
Sand In The Sandwiches runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 30 May – 3 June 2016.
Map & Location
Theatre Royal Haymarket
18 Suffolk Street
St JamesLondonSW1Y 4HT