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Competition: Win tickets to The Fifth Column at Southwark Playhouse

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Madrid, 1937 – the height of the Spanish Civil War. In a hotel during the bombardment by Franco’s artillery, two American war correspondents fall passionately in love.

Around them, people are struggling, often comically, to survive; and the idealism of the young men who came to fight with the International Brigades is contrasted with the ruthlessness of civil war.

Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom The Bell Tolls is the great classic of the Spanish Civil War. The Fifth Column too, a life and death story of counter-espionage, speaks with his own inimitable voice.

Based on real events, and real people – Hemingway was there, with his lover Martha Gellhorn, one of the first women war correspondents – the play appears in London for the first time and marks the 80th year since the Spanish Civil War began.

“A production so exact that you can smell it. The thrill is in the documentary detail, marvellously realised in Tricia Thorns’s terrific production.” The Observer on The Cutting of the Cloth at Southwark Playhouse

“Her beautifully judged, immaculately acted revival isn’t just theatrical archaeology, it’s a treat” Variety on London Wall at the Finborough and St James Theatres

To win a pair of tickets to The Fifth Column, go to www.thestage.co.uk/competitions and enter your details and FIFTHCOLUMN in the code box. Entries close at midnight March 20.

Terms and conditions: Subject to availability. Non-transferrable and no cash alternative.

The Fifth Column is at Southwark Playhouse, London from March 24 to April 16