After selling out at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 and touring the UK and to Australia, Ross Ericson’s First World War drama The Unknown Soldier will premiere in London in early 2019. The one-man show runs at West London’s Playground Theatre for one-week only from 22 to 27 January 2019, so book your tickets quickly.
Based on his own military experience and stories from his family, The Unknown Soldier is the story of a soldier who has survived the carnage of trench warfare, but does not go home. Instead, he remains behind to build the great cemeteries.
It is a story of the deep friendship that can only be found between those who fight together, of the betrayal felt by them at the end of the war, and of a world that has changed so much it has become unrecognisable.
The production picked up a host of 4 and 5 star reviews when it ran in Edinburgh, with Edinburgh Festivals Magazine declaring it “an unmissable and thought-provoking play that has so much relevance in today’s society,” while Three Weeks said it was, “Powered by a magnificent performance from Ross Ericson.”
Speaking about the play, writer/performer Ericson said:
I knew we had a good production but I never dreamt that we would see such critical acclaim as we have done – and to sell out at the Edinburgh Fringe, well that was a fantastic achievement for such a small company.
The Unknown Soldier is staged by Ericson’s Grist to the Mill Theatre, which will also stage a one-off performance of Gratiano at The Playground Theatre on 26 January 2019 to celebrate the play being published by Methuen Drama.
Bassanio has been murdered and, under suspicion, Gratiano is forced to revisit his Fascist past. He was never the hero – just a minor character, the plucky comic relief – but he never thought that it was he who played the villain.
The solo piece find Ericson reading between the lines of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice to explore the true nature of its characters and the politics of prejudice.
Like The Unknown Soldier, Gratiano has also been met with rapturous reviews. In its 5-star review, British Theatre Guide said: “It’s a masterful performance, a smart spectacle and a further testament to Ericson’s growing magnificence as a modern playwright and performer.”
The Unknown Soldier runs from 22 to 27 January 2019 at The Playground Theatre, 8 Latimer Industrial Estate, Latimer Rd, London W10 6RQ, with performances Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, and Sunday at 2pm. Gratiano runs on Sautrday 26 January at 9pm. Tickets are priced £18. You can also get a combined ticket for both productions for £25. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Who is Grist to the Mill Theatre?
Ross Ericson launched Grist to the Mill Theatre in 2012 with the aim of producing new writing and forgotten classics for a new generation. Its previous productions include Ericson’s adaptations of Tom Jones and Diaochan: The Rise of the Courtesan, and his own plays Punchline, Casualties and The Straw Man.