All’s fair in love and war for powerful Dukes debut show

Laura Atherton as Catherine Barkley in A Farewell To Arms which premieres at The Dukes from October 10-25.
Laura Atherton as Catherine Barkley in A Farewell To Arms which premieres at The Dukes from October 10-25.

Romance against a wartime backdrop visits The Dukes when the first UK stage adaptation of A Farewell To Arms is performed from October 10-25.

Based on Ernest Hemingway’s real-life experience of World War One in Italy, A Farewell To Arms tells the story of Frederic Henry, an American ambulance driver for the Italian army, and his relationship with English nurse Catherine Barkley.

The couple discover the redemptive power of love and experience the loss of innocence as they attempt to cement their relationship in a time of devastating conflict.

Imitating the dog, one of the UK’s most original and innovative performance theatre companies, will fuse video projection, beautiful stage design and original music to recreate Hemingway’s powerful tale of love and the brutality of modern warfare.

The play’s director, Andrew Quick, a founder member of imitating the dog, who lives in Lancaster, said: “The company fell in love with the novel many years ago and knew that the creative possibilities of creating something very special with our unique theatrical style could be endless.

The production is suitable for anyone aged 14 plus and will feature scenes of an adult nature. For more information and to book, ring 01524 598500 or visit www.dukes-lancaster.org