The year is 1913 and war with Germany is imminent. Rudyard Kipling’s determination to send his myopic son to war triggers a bitter family conflict which leaves Britain’s renowned patriot torn between his own greatest passions: his love for his children and his devotion to King and Country.

My Boy Jack is a powerful and moving account of anguish at the heart of a man whose storytelling continues to delight millions throughout the world.

Kenneth More Theatre, Oakfield Road, Ilford, Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26, various times. Details: 020 8553 4466,