Sand in the Sandwiches

Previewed 30 May 2017, Opened 31 May 2017, Closed 4 June 2017 at the Haymarket Theatre

Edward Fox stars in Hugh Whitemore's play Sand in the Sandwiches in London for a strictly limited one week season

Sand in the Sandwiches celebrates John Betjeman, a man famous not only for light verse and laughter, but for his passions, his sense of purpose and his unforgettable poetry. When his Collected Poems came out in 1958 they made publishing history and have since sold over two and a quarter million copies.

Edward Fox plays John Betjeman in this one-man show that bring Betjeman’s poetry, sharp wit and vivacious personality to life. Embracing his delight for nostalgia and delicious irreverance, Sand in the Sandwiches travels through Betjeman’s boyhood and adolescence to life as Poet Laureate, a position he held from 1972-1984, presenting a hugely entertaining insight into this national treasure.

Starring Edward Fox. Directed by Gareth Armstrong with designs by Fotini Dimou, lighting by Howard Harrison and sound by Simon Slater. This production, which originated at the Chichester Festival Theatre, comes into London's West End as part of a regional tour.

When this production as seen at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2016, Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail praised it as being "a delicious dollop of autumnal melancholy: Edward Fox in a one-man evening about the late John Betjeman, Poet Laureate and chronicler of 20th-century Britain's gentle, mouldering, good-humoured decline." Sam Marlowe in the Times thought that, "bathed in an autumnal glow, this affectionate, humorous one-man tribute to John Betjeman charms, even if it springs no surprises... Edward Fox is a beguiling Betjeman. Yet the chief pleasure is his masterly delivery of the verse, which springs to life in performance -- mischievous, wistful, pungently vivid." Claire Allfree in the Daily Telegraph highlighted that "our best-loved Poet Laureate is reverentially honoured in Hugh Whitemore's one-man play, starring the not very Betjeman-like Edward Fox... Whitemore has bled anecdote into poem, but even for avowed Betjeman fans the effect can feel terribly monotonous. Gareth Armstrong's lifeless staging doesn't help much either. The evening did, however, send me scuttling back to Betjeman's work. What a poet. And what an England."

Sand in the Sandwiches in London at the Haymarket Theatre previewed from 30 May 2017, opened on 31 May 2017 and closed on 4 June 2017