Journey's End, which most recently popped up in the West End last year. His latest production sticks with the army theme but moves on both in time - to the mid '80s - and to a point after the front line, looking at the damage done to soldiers and what kind of life they can expect afterwards. Jonathan Lewis' Our Boys is set in a grim military hospital in Woolwich, where a trainee officer has been sent for a routine operation. Because of a shortage of private rooms, Potential Officer Menzies (Jolyon Coy) ends up in a ward with three regular squaddies, who resent having a "Rupert" in their midst. Ian (Lewis Reeves) has had severe head injuries in a bomb blast, and is in the middle of lengthy rehabilitation to get him walking and talking normally again. Northern Irish Meatloaf fan Keith (Cian Barry) is increasingly losing all feeling in his right leg for reasons, whether physical or psychological, that the doctors can't figure out. And Joe (Laurence Fox,) who seems the most mobile of the lot, is there for reasons that aren't revealed until later in the play.
Much of the attention on this production has been, unsurprisingly, centred on two men from a neighbouring ward who occasionally roll in in their wheelchairs to catch up with their friends, as they're played by actors from two major fantasy franchises: Parry is played by Arthur Darvill in his first post-Doctor Who role, and I get to tick another Harry Potter actor off my list as Matthew Lewis plays the dim-witted Mick. (Actually I think we were quite lucky that Lewis was even on tonight - before the show he mentioned a shoulder injury on Twitter, and at the curtain call he looked to be in some discomfort with it.)
I could gripe a bit about some of the medical stuff: Not all the men are there as a result of injuries in action; Menzies is there for treatment to a pilonidal sinus, an operation I've had myself. So while I can confirm that it's not the most dignified of ailments, I suspect that some of the symptoms have been exaggerated for comic effect, particularly as it means heaping indignities on the man they're supposed to unquestioningly respect.
Our Boys by Jonathan Lewis is booking until the 15th of December at the Duchess Theatre.
Running time: 2 hours 25 minutes including interval.