Regeneration play marks centenary

Stephen Boxer as Rivers in Regeneration
Stephen Boxer as Rivers in Regeneration

The centenary of the First World War is being marked by the Royal & Derngate theatre in Northampton with its production of wartime drama Regeneration.

The play, an adaptation of Pat Barker’s novel, tells the story of shell-shocked soldiers being treated at Craiglockhart Hospital in Scotland in 1917. Among the patients are the war poets Siegfried Sasson and Wilfred Owen.

The story centres on Army psychiatrist Captain Rivers, played by Stephen Boxer. He has the task of getting the soldiers well enough to be able to be sent back out to fight in France. But as the soldiers’ stories unfold he begins to question what he is doing.

The play is a co-production with Touring Consortium Theatre Company and will embark on a nationwide tour after opening in Northampton.

Regeneration is on at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate until Saturday, September 20, with evening performances at 7.45pm and matinees most Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm.

Tickets priced from £10 to £29 can be booked by calling the box office on 01604 624811 or online at www.royalandderngate.co.uk.