19th February 2012
What fait awaits?
Outward Bound. First produced at the Everyman Theatre, Hampstead (now the Everyman Cinema), Outward Bound instantly became the biggest hit of the 1923 season, going on to play for many years in the West End, appearing at the Garrick, Royalty, Adelphi, Criterion, Comedy, Fortune and Prince of Wales Theatres. The play was also a huge hit on Broadway in 1924, where it was a similarly huge success in a production starring Alfred Lunt and Leslie Howard. The play was made into a 1930 film in Hollywood by Warner Bros. starring Leslie Howard and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and was filmed again as Between Two Worlds in 1944 with John Garfield and Sydney Greenstreet. This production is the first London production in more than fifty years, and returns the play to the same type of Off West End theatre where it began its life.
Directed by Louise Hill, the story focuses on seven passengers who meet in the saloon bar of a ship as it sets sail from an unidentified English port. Despite coming from quite different social circles the travellers have more in common than they dare to suspect. Out at sea, an eerie calm settles over the ship as passenger Tom Prior is the first to discover the fate which awaits his fellow passengers.
Outward Bound is playing at the Finborough Theatre as part of its Rediscoveries season until the 25th February.