Salt Water Moon by David French at the Finborough Theatre

Tuesday, 3 January – Saturday, 28 January 2023

“You remembers only what you wants to remember, Jacob, and the rest you forgets. Like running off last August. Didn’t have the courage to say goodbye, did you?”

The UK Premiere

★★★★ Four Stars, The Stage
★★★★ Four Stars, Daily Mail
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★★★★ Four Stars, London Theatre 1
★★★★ Four Stars, All That Dazzles
★★★★ Four Stars, North West End
★★★★ Four Stars, London Living Large
★★★★ Four Stars, Paul In London

It’s a splendid moon-filled night in Coley’s Point in 1926.

Young Jacob Mercer has returned home to the tiny and remote Newfoundland fishing village, desperate to win back his former sweetheart, Mary Snow.

But Mary has become engaged to wealthy Jerome McKenzie, and is still hurt and bewildered by Jacob’s abrupt departure for Toronto a year earlier.

Even to speak to Jacob will put Mary’s wedding plans in jeopardy. Stubborn and independent, she is determined never to forgive Jacob…

A heartbreakingly romantic exploration of young love, set against the shores at the edge of the British Empire.

Salt-Water Moon is a Canadian classic. First staged by Tarragon Theatre, Toronto, in 1984, it has received hundreds of productions around North America and the world since its premiere. It won the Canadian Authors Association Literary Award for Drama, the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, the Hollywood Drama-Logue Critics’ Award, and was a finalist for the Governor-General’s Award for Drama. One of the plays that makes up David French’s semi-autobiographical ‘Mercer plays’ series, Salt-Water Moon now receives its long overdue UK professional premiere at the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre, well known for producing more Canadian plays than any other theatre in Europe.

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