Another Country (play) (1981)



  • Release Date: 23 Feb, 2019
  • Writer Julian Mitchell
  • Date 1981
  • Country England (UK)
  • Language English



Another Country is a play written by the English playwright Julian Mitchell.

Another Country is loosely based on the life of the spy Guy Burgess, renamed “Guy Bennett” in the play, and examines the effect his homosexuality and exposure to Marxism has on his life, and the hypocrisy and snobbery of the English public school he attends. The setting is a 1930s public school where pupils Guy Bennett and Tommy Judd become friends because they are both outsiders. Bennett is openly homosexual, while Judd is a Marxist.

It premiered on 5 November 1981 at the Greenwich Theatre, London, and transferred to the West End in March 1982. The play has developed a strong connection with Oxford Playhouse, which revived the play in 2000 in a new production directed by Stephen Henry (transferred to the Arts Theatre, Westminster, from September 2000 until January 2001). It was revived again at Oxford Playhouse in February 2013 by OUDS-supported Oxford University student company Screw the Looking Glass. In September 2013 a successful collaboration between Theatre Royal Bath and Chichester Festival Theatre was directed by Jeremy Herrin, transferring to Trafalgar Studios in 2014.

The play won the Society of West End Theatre Awards Play of the Year title for 1982.

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