Finborough Theatre hit, It Is Easy To Be Dead, will open at the Trafalgar Studios on 9 November.
The show is based on the poetry, letters and brief life of Charles Hamilton Sorley, a young man killed in action during the First World War, leaving behind only his letters and poems. Using his extraordinary writings, together with music and songs of the period, It Is Easy To Be Dead is a tender portrait of a brief life filled with promise, cut short by the futility of war.
The production features live music and songs from some of the greatest composers of the period including George Butterworth, Dòmhnall Ruadh Chorùna, Ivor Gurney, John Ireland, Rudi Stephan and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
The cast will include Jenny Lee, Tom Marshall, Alexander Knox, Hugh Benson and Elizabeth Rossiter.
Poet John Masefield said of Charles: “Potentially the greatest poet lost to us in that war… had Sorley lived, he might have become our greatest dramatist since Shakespeare.”
It Is Easy To Be Dead plays at Trafalgar Studio 2 from 9 November – 3 December 2016 with a press performance on 11 November. Tickets can be booked from the official website.
"Probably the most clear-sighted English poet killed in the war."