“Sharp and entertaining... strikes a chord with our own intensified concern for the returning veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq” —WhatsOnStage
“Appealing and engaging... one of the very finest of this year’s glut of First World War dramas” —Evening Standard
“Howard Brenton’s fine new play... hits you in the heart” —Guardian
“Compelling... [a] big, warm, perceptive play” —Telegraph
An epic, hilarious and moving play that takes a sideways look at the First World War.
1915. Jack Twigg, twenty-one years old, enlists in the London Regiment and goes on a journey he never imagined - nor did the rest of the world. On his way, he meets the pioneering medic Harold Gillies, who saves his life and his sanity. And who is the mysterious Doctor Scroggy who appears at night in Gillies’ hospital dispensing champagne to the patients?
Doctor Scroggy’s War premiered at Shakespeare’s Globe, London, in September 2014.
Howard Brenton is a prolific playwright whose plays have been staged at the Royal Court Theatre, National Theatre, RSC and Shakespeare’s Globe among others. Other writing work includes collaborations with David Hare and thirteen episodes of the BBC1 drama series Spooks.