My Boy Jack has been selected as the Spring 2018 production by the Marlborough Players.
The play – by actor David Haig – centres on Rudyard Kipling’s son John ‘Jack’ Kipling who as an eighteen year-old Second Lieutenant in the Irish Guards was killed during the Battle of Loos in September 1917.
Rudyard Kipling, who had arranged for his short-sighted son to join up, was devastated by his death – especially as Jack’s body was never found.
The play’s title is also the title of Kipling’s poem about a lost son.
The play was seen on television in 2007 with Daniel Radcliffe playing Jack.
It is a fitting choice for the Marlborough Players in what will be the final year of the First World War centennial commemorations.
Auditions will be held at the Quaker Hall, The Parade – near the Fire Station – on Sunday, 29 October at 2.30pm and on Monday, 30 October at 7.30pm.
The auditions are open to all actors.