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"...full of delicious anecdotes, gentle humour and brilliant one-liners." The Stage

By Gerald Sibleyras
Translated by Tom Stoppard

By Gerald Sibleyras Translated by Tom Stoppard

"...full of delicious anecdotes, gentle humour and brilliant one-liners." The Stage

"...discover how enjoyable a good comedy can be." Newbury Weekly News

“A very heartwarming night for the audience.” The Public Reviews

Thu 11 Feb 2010 - Sat 20 Mar 2010

“We started together on this terrace and we'll finish together under the poplar trees.”

Whiling away the years in the confines of a French military hospital, three First World War Veterans plan a great escape from their terrace to the poplar trees at the top of the distant hill and beyond. The only problem is; Henri has a dodgy leg, Philippe keeps passing out because of the piece of shrapnel stuck in his head and Gustave hasn’t left the home in years...
In their way stands the steadfast Sister Madeline, their own thwarted ambitions and each other. Will their camaraderie bring them together to make it past the front gate, with the proposed fourth member of the party: a 200lb stone dog statue?


An award-winning, comedy by Gerald Sibleyras translated by Tom Stoppard.

"A direct theatrical hit - A boulevard comedy bull’s eye" Evening Standard

The Cast
Christopher Ettridge
- Philippe
David Fielder - Henri
Michael Hadley - Gustave

Talk back
Free talk back after the show on Friday 26 February and Friday 12 March.

From £13 to £24

First Week Special
On the first Thursday and Friday all seats £13
(no other discounts apply)

Please call the box office on 01635 46044 so that they can allocate you appropriate seats.

*Wednesday and Thursday Night After Show Meal Deals*
A two course meal from our buffet, coffee and a top price ticket for the show for only £30. Please Note: the meal deal must be booked through the box office on 01635 46044. It is not available to book online. Offer subject to availability.


Performance Times
Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm

Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm
Saturday 20 March performances at 1.30pm and 6.30pm

Directed by Paul Hart
Designed by Andrew D Edwards
Lighting by Richard Howell

Music by Simon Slater