Theatre Preview: All Quiet on the Western Front, 28 Oct – 1 Nov, King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

12 Oct

Anti-war saga All Quiet on the Western Front comes to Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre from Tuesday 28 October to Saturday 1 November. Starring James Alexandrou (EastEnders) and David Cardy (Birds of a Feather) star as the young German fighter whose idealism is just the first casualty of war and the seasoned veteran who becomes his closest comrade.

Based on the 90-year-old novel of the same name, the play focuses on schoolboy Paul Baumer and his friends as they are embroiled in the atrocities of the First World War.

First published as a magazine serial in 1928, All Quiet on the Western Front was based on its author’s own experiences of the trenches as Erich Maria Remarque was drafted into the German Army at the age of 18 and sent to the Front, where he was wounded on several occasions. A 2005 poll in which UK book groups nominated titles that would endure as classics placed it in the top ten while the 1930 film adaptation won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director.

Prices and booking details are now up over at the King’s Theatre website.

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