“Journey’s End” will end up on Broadway after all.
R.C. Sherriff’s 1929 play about WWI soldiers in the trenches at Saint-Quentin, France, is set for a spring revival at the Belasco Theater. Boyd Gaines (“Contact”), Jefferson Mays (“I Am My Own Wife”) and Hugh Dancy (“Elizabeth I”) will star.
Production will be helmed by David Grindley, who in 2004 directed a well-received West End revival of “Journey’s End” that ran for a year, spawned a U.K. tour and then returned to the West End last fall for an engagement that ended in January.
Dancy leads the cast of 11 as central character Captain Stanhope, who drinks to cope with the horrors of war. Gaines portrays Stanhope’s second-in-command, while Mays plays the cook.
British scribe Sherriff — also a novelist and screenwriter who went on to pen the screenplay for “The Invisible Man” and “That Hamilton Woman,” among other films — based the script on his own experiences in WWI.
Produced by Boyett Ostar (“The History Boys”), the play had been mentioned as a potential Broadway candidate for months.
First seen on the Rialto in 1929, “Journey’s End” was revived briefly in 1939. Latest production begins previews Feb. 8 for a Feb. 22 opening.