Gripping wartime drama at Salisbury

THE Original Theatre Company comes to Salisbury Playhouse from 11th to 16th November with a dramatisation of The Night Watch, a novel set in and immediately after the Second World War, by the critically acclaimed, best-selling novelist Sarah Waters.

The play, by Olivier Award-nominated writer Hattie Naylor, is directed by Alastair Whatley and had its premiere at Manchester’s Royal Exchange in 2016. The production, from the team which previously staged Birdsong, The Habit of Art and The Importance of Being Earnest, is on tour for the first time.

The cast includes recent RADA graduate Mara Allen, Louise Coulthard, Malcom James, Lewis Mackinnon, Phoebe Pryce, Florence Roberts, Sam Jenkins-Shaw and Izabella Urbanowicz.

Set in London in the 1940s, the story follow the lives and loves of people enduring and then recovering from the chaos of war. It is a tender and poignant portrait of four ordinary people caught up in the aftermath of an extraordinary time.

Sarah Waters, whose novels includeTipping the Velvet, Fingersmith, The Paying Guest and The Little Stranger, has sold more than four million novels worldwide.

Photographs by Mark Douet.