From Broadway 1930 to Salford 2014 – Hemingway’s WWI love story


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.

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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.

Snap up your tickets here to be part of a theatre production that has made literary history!