Acclaimed theatre makers, imitating the dog, bring their unique theatrical vision to a new stage version of Ernest Hemingway’s seminal First World War novel and much loved film A Farewell to Arms.

Based on the author’s real-life experience in 1918, A Farewell to Arms tells the story of Frederic Henry, an American ambulance driver for the Italian army and his relationship with British nurse Catherine Barkley. Against the backdrop of war the two protagonists 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.

In this first UK stage adaptation of one of the classic novels of the twentieth century, imitating the dog fuse video projection, beautiful stage design and original music to create an extraordinary adaptation of Hemingway’s powerful meditation on love and the brutality of modern warfare.

Presented by IMITATING THE DOG and THE DUKES, LANCASTER in association with LIVE AT LICA and CAST.


Writers: Ernest Hemingway (novel), Andrew Quick and Pete Brooks (adaptors)
Directors: Andrew Quick and Pete Brooks
Cast: Laura Atherton, Joshua Johnson, Morven Macbeth, Jude Monk McGowan, Matt Prendergast, Marco Rossi
Projection and Video Designer: Simon Wainwright
Music: Jeremy Peyton-Jones
Stage Designer: by Laura Hopkins
Lighting Designer: Andrew Crofts
Sound Designer: Steven Jackson
Producer: Henrietta Duckworth

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