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Trafalgar Studios 2, London5.05 reviews
Charles Sorley's moving war poetry beautifully coupled with the music of George Butterworth, Dòmhnall Ruadh Chorùna and John Ireland

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When twenty year old Charles Sorley is killed in action during the First World War, his devastated parents are left with only his letters and poems to remember him by. 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.

Written by Neil McPherson.

★★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★★, The Upcoming, London Pub Theatres.
★★★★ WhatsOnStage, The Jewish Chronicle, London Theatre 1, Reviewsgate, Musical Theatre Review.

It Is Easy To Be Dead was originally playing in Finborough Theatre where it was nominated for seven OffWestEnd Awards, including Best Male Performance, Best Male Performance in a Supporting Role, Best New Play, Best Director, Best Lighting Designer, Best Sound Designer and Best Set Designer.

“A magnificent tribute to a fiery spirit.” -- Michael Billington, The Guardian

“A superbly well-judged evening that conveys both the passion of youth and the pity of war.” -- Aleks Sierz, Tribune

“A little gem. It will introduce a remarkable man to people who had not heard of him before…A poignant study of loss and the great waste of war.” -- Daisy Bowie-Sell, WhatsOnStage

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Running time


Performance dates

9 November to 3 December 2017. Monday to Saturday 7.45pm, Thursday and Saturday 3pm

Venue Information

Trafalgar Studios 214 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY, United Kingdom, London, SW1A 2DY

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Customer Reviews

5 reviews5.0

Keith4th December

Fantastic production and fantastic play. Wonderful theatre experience!

jamie Crookenden2nd December

This was a wonderful, moving and well directed play that captured the agony of parents receiving telegrams that their son had been killed and the exhilaration of the young men at war before the tragic reality of war hit them. Why was this such a short run? This play deserves more so that more people can experience it.

Frances Pickersgill27th November

Engrossing and poignant production about an appalling episode in history. The tiny theatre was perfect for such an intimate piece and the imaginative and evocative staging meant the fine acting and music could be experienced rather than just watched. Enjoyed all two hours without the 'boredom dip' that often occurs in the middle of shows.

kate Thomson18th November

Gets to you immediately and holds you there. It all feels relevant and important. A unique blend of intimacy and the big questions of humanity. Alex Knox has a magnetic connection to the audience with his buzzing energy and direct delivery and gentle humour- I felt on the edge of crying and laughing all the way through. Hugh Benson sings like an angel.

Annekatrin Salzbrenner14th November

Brilliant, moving, unforgettable.