‘Into Battle’ – The True Story of a Bitter Feud at Oxford University

02 July 2021

A new play written by an OW with another OW playing one of the lead parts is to be professionally produced, performed and premiered at Greenwich Theatre 7-31 October.

Into Battle is a true story that Hugh Salmon (Hn 74) has unearthed and will be revealed for the first time in history. It concerns a ‘bitter feud’ between the Etonians and non-Etonians at Balliol College, Oxford in the years leading up to the First World War. By exposing the inequalities of life, and showing how human beings can be brought together by adversity, Into Battle speaks directly to contemporary audiences in today’s virus-ridden world.

The Wellington Community would like to celebrate this special occasion on the second preview night of the show on Friday 8th October. Tickets have been made available to us in advance of the Greenwich Theatre box office opening to the general public and can be purchased for a limited time by clicking here.

There will be no restriction on the number of tickets that any one of us can purchase so a rapid response is encouraged. Given the sacrifices made by so many Wellingtonians in war, we are particularly keen for younger generations to see this play (over 16 probably best).

Nik Salmon (Bd 12) appeared in a number of productions while he was at Wellington including OthelloThe History BoysA View from the BridgeTaming of the Shrew and the pantomimes Aladdin and Robin Hood. A professional actor, Nik has a degree in History & American Studies from University of Manchester and and MA in Performance Acting from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Simon Beaufoy, Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Full Monty and Slumdog Millionaire said this about Into Battle: ‘Full of energy and life. A fantastic story that has a terrible and moving conclusion.’

Sir Tim Rice described Into Battle as  ‘An extraordinary story that needs to be told about people who must not be forgotten.’