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It Is Easy To Be Dead

by Neil McPherson

Finborough Theatre Artistic Director and playwright Neil McPherson has been nominated for an Olivier Award for its season at Trafalgar Studios. Royal Albert Hall April 9 2017.
Wed 15 Jun- Sat 9 Jul 2016. Press perfs: Fri 17 Jun, Sat 18 Jun 2016 7.30pm.
Tues- Sat evenings: 7.30pm. Sun mats: 3.00pm. Sat mats: 3.00pm (after 25 Jun 2016).
Running time: 90 mins (no interval). Tickets £10.00- £18.00.

Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Rd, SW10 9ED. Box office: 0844 847 1652.
Tube: Earl’s Court, Overground: West Brompton, Buses: 74, 328, C1, C3, N97, 74, 190, 14, 211, 328, N14, 11, 22, N11, N22

It Is Easy To Be Dead by Neil McPherson a new play with music based on the poetry, letters and brief life of Charles Hamilton Sorley, a young poet killed aged 20 at the Battle of Loos in October 1915; will be at the Finborough Theatre from Wednesday 15 June to Saturday 9 July 2016. The press performances are on Friday 17 June and Saturday 18 June at 7.30pm. The playtext will be published by Oberon Books.

In the cast are Hugh Benson (Tenor), Alexander Knox (Charles Sorley), Jenny Lee (Janet Sorley), and Tom Marshall (William Sorley). It is directed by Max Key with design by Phil Lindley, lighting and video design by Rob Mills, costume design by Charlotte Espiner, with sound by Philip Matejtschuk and music direction by Elizabeth Rossiter. It Is Easy To Be Dead is produced by Bréon George Rydell in association with Amanda Castro for the Finborough Theatre.

The production includes songs and music by Rupert Brooke, George Butterworth, Goethe, A. E. Housman, John Ireland, John Masefield, Ivor Gurney, Franz Schubert and Vaughan Williams.

Hugh Benson is a tenor in the St. Pancras Parish Church choir. He has recently sung at the Wigmore Hall with mezzo soprano Ann Murray and Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music with the Scherzo Ensemble at King's College London. Alexander Knox was a Ben Travers scholar at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was Puck in Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Barbican Hall with the London Symphony Orchestra and in a recent UK tour of 'The Silver Sword' directed by Susie McKenna. Jenny Lee has been a regular in ITV The Bill and BBC Monarch of the Glen. Her extensive career includes productions with the RSC and the National Theatre. She was in the original cast of Oh, Calcutta! at the Roundhouse. Tom Marshall has been at the National Theatre in productions directed by Nicholas Hynter, Marianne Elliott, Ed Hall and Peter Gill. He was in Michael Grandage's production of Passion Play at the Comedy Theatre.

Max Key directed Year 10 at the Finborough which transferred to the BAC, Strasbourg and Avignon. He has recently directed Peter Gill's As Good A Time As Any at the Print Room and revived Tim Albery's production of The Flying Dutchman at the Royal Opera House. Neil McPherson's award-winning play I Wish To Die Singing was at the Finborough and Los Angeles in 2015.

Poets on Charles Sorley

'Potentially the greatest poet lost to us in that war...had Sorley lived, he might have become our greatest dramatist since Shakespeare' John Masefield.

'One of the three poets of importance killed during the war, alongside Wilfred Owen and Isaac Rosenberg' Robert Graves.

17 June 2016