To Journey's End and Beyond - the RC Sherriff Project Blog

It’s a wrap! – the new Journey’s End film is at editing stage

Many of you will know that a new film version of R C Sherriff’s epic play Journey’s End has been in the pipeline for some time now. If ever there was a time for Journey’s End to be revived the centenary of the First World War is it. Surrey History Centre has been kept up […]

From Journey’s End to The Dam Busters: The Life of R C Sherriff, Playwright of the Trenches. Author Talk by Roland Wales.

Come and hear Roland Wales, author of the new, definitive biography, talk about the fascinating life of Esher playwright, Hollywood screenwriter and World War I hero, R. C. Sherriff. From Journey’s End to The Dam Busters: The Life of R C Sherriff, Playwright of the Trenches Saturday 4 February 2017, 2-3.30pm at Surrey History Centre, […]

Atmospheric image from the New Yorkproduction of Journey's End, c.1930. Five companies of British actors were performing the play simultaneously throughout the US that year. (SHC ref 2332/6/3/1/1)

The journey’s end: our RC Sherriff project comes to a close

The final phase of the project has now been completed, the evaluation submitted and this is our last official RC Sherriff project blog. However, do not despair! We will continue to mail out future Sherriff news and feature it our Surrey Heritage social media. You can follow us on Twitter @SurreyHeritage and on Facebook […]

The unexpected success of Journey’s End

The RC Sherriff project is nearly over but every month we receive more enquiries about Sherriff and information relating to his literary legacy from researchers who have visited us to delve into his unique archive. One such researcher is Emily Curtis Walters and for this blog we are featuring her newly published article ‘Between Entertainment […]

RC Sherriff and Velona Pilcher

March is Women’s History Month and we’re taking the opportunity to highlight Sherriff’s connection with Velona Pilcher (1894–1952), an Anglo-American journalist, playwright and theatre director, who lived for a time near Haslemere. Like Sherriff, she had served during the war (based at the American base hospital at Bazeilles-sur-Meuse from 1918 to 1919) and her experiences, […]

The Sherriff touring exhibition is on the move!

The Sherriff blog has been quiet for a while and in the meantime we’ve been busy holding the study day, doing the final numbering and packaging of the archive, and focusing on the online RC Sherriff learning resource. We’ve also preparing for the RC Sherriff travelling display to tour venues around the county as part […]

Escape to serenity…R C Sherriff’s literary portrayals of rural England

Sherriff idealised the English countryside as a refuge from the ugly realities of modern society. As far back as May 1917 he wrote to his brother, Cecil “Bundy” Sherriff, how he would like to become a farmer if he survived the war: “I am very struck with the idea of…a farm in Good Old England […]

RC Sherriff Study Day, October 24th, free tickets available now

‘To Journey’s End and Beyond’ Surrey Heritage is delighted to announce a free, full day of talks and discussion, covering every aspect of RC Sherriff’s life and career, from the trenches to the global success of ‘Journey’s End‘, and Hollywood. Sat 24th October, 9.30am-4.30pm at: Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND Tel: […]

Sherriff women on the stage…Constance, Beryl and Deirdre

R C Sherriff acted in several of his pre-Journey’s End plays, but he was by no means the only member of the Sherriff family to tread the boards. Surviving programmes, cast lists and diaries show that his mother Constance and sister Beryl also performed on the stage in various amateur productions. A letter and related […]

Goat ghosts and other stories…R C Sherriff’s First Steps in the Land of Autobiography

R C Sherriff’s autobiography No Leading Lady was published by Victor Gollancz in 1968. It focuses on his literary career, in particular Journey’s End, and runs through to his final staged play A Shred of Evidence in 1960. It also includes a sprinkling of references to his war service and his family, including his mother Constance. However, these […]