“Magnificent”, “Unmissable” and “Masterful” – since their premiere’s Ross Ericson’s one-man shows The Unknown Soldier and Gratiano have been showered with praise and stars. Take a look at these reviews from performances at the Edinburgh, Brighton and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, then book your tickets to see the shows at the Playground Theatre this week!
After selling out at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 and touring the UK and to Australia, Ericson’s The Unknown Soldier has its London premiere at the Playground Theatre this week, running until 27 January 2019.
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.
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.
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!