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A play by Owen Sheers

Directed by Stephen Rayne

Composed by Jason Carr

Designed by Anthony Lamble

Lighting Design William Reynolds

“What do they teach us in training? Adapt and overcome.” Charlie F.

Wounded, injured and sick Service men and women perform their own story on the West End stage.

A unique, unforgettable and uplifting piece of theatre.

The Two Worlds of Charlie F. is a soldier’s view of service, injury and recovery. Moving from the war in Afghanistan, through the dream world of morphine-induced hallucinations to the physio rooms of Headley Court, the play explores the consequences of injury, both physical and psychological, and its effects on others as the soldiers fight to win the new battle for survival at home.

Taken from the personal experience of wounded, injured and sick Service personnel involved, The Two Worlds of Charlie F. is a darkly comic, authentic and uplifting tale of survival.

The play was performed twice on 22nd January 2012 at The Theatre Royal Haymarket to sell out audiences and critical acclaim. It proved so successful that the play toured the UK, playing a total of 15 times in Birmingham, Cardiff and Edinburgh – during the Festival Fringe – and London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket. Ever performance has been met with full-house standing ovations and many performances sold out. On August 21st The Two Worlds of Charlie F.  was awarded the prestigious Amnesty International Freedom of Expression in Theatre award. 

The play returned for two final performances to Theatre Royal Haymarket on Sunday 9th September. 

“Charlie F. is the first time that real-life service personnel have appeared on stage to tell their own stories. It makes for an evening of rare, raw power. 4 stars”  The Independent

Powerfully affecting – Gripping. The authenticity of verbatim drama and the saltiness of barracks – room humour with the finesse of something more lyrical. 5 stars”  The Telegraph

“The closest you’ll get to the front line.” Caroline Wyatt, BBC Defence Correspondent

All proceeds from ticket sales went to The Royal British Legion and The Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust

The original performance

The Tour 2012


Please support the brave Service personnel involved and buy the documentary of the project or DVD of the play.

Imagine…Theatre of War (The making of the Two Worlds of Charlie F): Buy the Documentary DVD here

The Two Worlds of Charlie F, (Filming of the original production at the Theatre Royal Haymarket): Buy the Play DVD here

Please be aware that the performance contains the use of strong language from the start