The Door

By Tony Earnshaw

Two men, and a broken door that neither will close. As the door bangs, we hear accusation and excuse, and the story of a dead hero.

Who is responsible?

About the show

The Door is a pungent comment on recent wars and our own passivity in the face of failure. It’s also a fascinating journey of 2 men – a leader and a follower from widely divergent backgrounds – searching for a common understanding.

The play is a taut, tense exploration of the relationship between these two men. It also explores our refusal to accept responsibility for the consequences of unintended outcomes.

Who’s going to stop that door from banging?

Darren Cheek plays the cocky NCO who has seen too much, with his focus on looking after number one. Jonny Vaughton embodies the tortured Captain, who has to face the conflicting pulls of duty and conscience.

Under Rob Swinton’s direction, The Door is a taut, tense exploration of the relationship between these men as well as our justifications for action and inaction.

Previous performances

Damn Cheek began touring this production in July 2015. The Door has won over audiences and critics alike in Edinburgh, London and New York. It earned a 5-star review from ThreeWeeks.

Six years on, and this powerful play still retains its poignant and apposite topicality.

Darren Cheek and Jonny Vaughton in The Door
Darren Cheek as the NCO and Jonny Vaughton as Captain Ryan in The Door, 2019.

Where next?

Watch this space...

We’ll publish upcoming dates of The Door here.

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Creative team

Darren Cheek


Darren Cheek

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Tony Earnshaw


Tony Earnshaw

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Rob Swinton


Rob Swinton

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Jonny Vaughton


Jonny Vaughton

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