Metal Rabbit present Dalton Trumbo's

Johnny Got His Gun

adapted for the stage by Bradley Rand Smith

Wed 21 May - Sat 14 June 2014

Show Starts 7.30pm Matinee Starts 3pm
Running Time 60 minutes
Price £18 | £16 concession | All previews £10


The Public Reviews
4 Stars Time Out
4 Stars The Independent
4 Stars
4 Stars The Arts Desk
4 Stars Everything Theatre
4 Stars The Upcoming
4 Stars West End Frame

‘a stunning tour de force’ The Independent

‘It’s powerful stuff, and you can’t help but be moved… Trumbo’s passionate anti-war message is well worth hearing…’  The Guardian

‘this stirring adaptation of Dalton Trumbo’s 1938 anti-war novel’ Time Out

‘Entirely gripping… Jack Holden is superb’

‘Highly recommended’ The Arts Desk

“Always here the same people willing to sacrifice somebody else’s life. But it’s time two people had a say in things: us little guys and the dead.”

When the call came, idealistic Joe Bonham eagerly volunteered for the trenches of World War One. Now he has paid a price he never expected, and far away from his American homeland he struggles to come to terms with what his world has become. As his grip on reality becomes ever more tenuous he reflects on the true nature of war and the choices he made.

Metal Rabbit brings the UK premiere of Oscar-winner Dalton Trumbo’s classic anti-war novel to Southwark Playhouse in the form of Bradley Rand Smith’s Obie-winning adaptation. Starring Jack Holden (War Horse) and directed by Fringe First winner David Mercatali (Dark Vanilla Jungle), this is the perfect play to mark the centenary of World War One.

A brutal, intense one man show with an incredibly powerful message about the cruelty of war and the way the military treats those who suffer in its service.

Cast & Creative

Creative Team

George Warren

Associate Producer
Martha Rose Wilson

David Mercatali

Assistant Director
Mark Dominy

Sound Design
Max Pappenheim

Lighting Design
Christopher Nairne


Jack Holden


Johnny Got His Gun

Wed 21 May - Sat 14 June 2014