Sand in the Sandwiches



John Betjeman was the nation’s favourite poet.

Sand in the Sandwiches celebrates a man famous not only for light verse and laughter, but for his passions, his sense of purpose and his unforgettable poetry.

Edward Fox stars in this brand new stage play, bringing Betjeman’s poetry and his vivacious personality to life.

Embracing his delight for nostalgia and delicious irreverence, Sand in the Sandwiches travels through Betjeman’s boyhood, his adolescence, to life as Britain’s Poet Laureate, presenting a hugely entertaining insight into the world of this much-loved poet.

Double BAFTA winner Edward Fox (OBE) is one of this country’s most eminent actors. His distinguished career counts iconic British films such as The Day of the Jackal, A Bridge Too Far and Oh! What a Lovely War, to name a few.

Emmy Award-winning writer Hugh Whitemore’s celebrated works for the stage and screen include Stevie, Pack of Lies and Breaking the Code.



***** ‘A masterclass. There is no actor more suited to assuming the mantle of such a self-deprecating, quintissentially English genius than Edward Fox.’

Gary Shipton, The i

**** ‘I adored this show. A magical, heavenly tribute to Betjeman'

Daily Mail

"This is a beautiful piece brought to life by an absolute master of his craft"

Chichester Observer

'A poet of the people, Fox’s performance here ensures that the British love affair with this very real poet remains.'

Southern Daily Echo

***** ‘A sparkling portrayal of a celebrated poet. Edward Fox is the perfect conduit for this sublime journey through his life’

Oxford Times

'For nigh on two hours he held us spellbound'

Daily Info

**** ‘Fox is utterly superb... This is a lovely play – there’s no other word for it – lovely'

Stage Talk

**** 'Sand in the Sandwiches is revelatory. It’s hilariously funny… Nostalgic, warmhearted and superbly played'

Stage Review

'But so good is this actor, so polished and magnetic, his timing so exquisite and his vocal dynamics so well-judged that it would have been quite possible for him to have done the whole thing just sitting on the edge of the stage.'

Henley Standard

‘It is a very pleasant way to spend an evening to sit back and relish those familiar rhythms and rhymes, and the puckish humour'




By Hugh Whitemore

Directed by Gareth Armstrong

Designed by Fotini Dimou

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Running times

Act 1 58mins

Interval 20mins

Act 2 32mins

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