Before the Sword

Runs Sep 15Oct 15, 2023
By:Andrew Alty

In a small British village in 1936, author T.H. White stares at the blank pages that will become his future masterpiece. Upon meeting Freddie, a troubled young man with a mysterious past, White begins to write the modern classic The Sword in the Stone – inspired by his new student and the ancient legend.


“Heralds the arrival of a major new gay writing talent in British theatre” – Plays International Magazine

Andrew Alty (Playwright, pronouns: he/him) has written extensively for theatre, radio, and television. His first play, The Left-over Heart won the Charringtons Award for Best First Play in 1993 and was subsequently broadcast on Radio 3. Other plays include Asylum (Royal Court Theatre,1993), Something About Us (Lyric Hammersmith,1995, U.S. Premiere at NCTC, 1996 ) and The Road to Hell (Birmingham Repertory,1996). His original play for radio, Buried Treasure was broadcast on Radio 4 in 1996, and he has recently delivered a new piece for radio, Halfway to Heaven. He is the founding Artistic Director of Fast Forward Theatre Company, and the Creative Learning Projects Manager at New Wimbledon Theatre.