Ernest Hemingway is often described as ‘the father of modern fiction’.
It is an accolade used for many 20th century authors, but Hemingway is undeniably a literary heavyweight of our time.
His seminal novel A Farewell To Arms was published in 1929, and tells the love-story of American soldier Frederic Henry and British nurse Catherine Barkley, who meet in Italy during the First World War.
A Farewell To Arms became Hemingway’s first best-seller, and, in 1930, it was adapted for the National Theatre on Broadway by playwright Laurence Stallings, running for 24 performances.
In 1932, Hollywood picked up the story and it was made into a film starring Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes. In 1957, the film was re-made starring Rock Hudson and Jennifer Jones.
Despite enduringly popular movie adaptations, Broadway never revived Laurence Stalling’s stage production of A Farewell To Arms, and neither did anyone else.
In fact, one of the greatest international love-stories of all time has remained untouched by British theatre-makers for 8 decades…. until now.
Award-winning Lancaster-based multi-media theatre company imitating the dog have created the first ever UK adaptation of Hemingway’s best-seller, 85 years after the novel was first published.
The production premiered in Lancaster to rave reviews and will run at The Lowry from Thursday 13 November for three days only.