How to Win Against History

Young Vic

How to Win Against History

30 Nov 2017 - 23 Dec 2017

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Henry Cyril Paget, the 5th Marquis of Anglesey was born in 1875.

Poised to inherit the Empire, he instead burned brightly, briefly and transvestitely; blowing his family’s godlike wealth on putting on sparkling, diamond-studded plays… with him in them… to which nobody came.

When he died, his family burnt every record of his life they could find, and carried on as if he’d never been.

Seiriol Davies' hilarious, fierce and fabulous costume drama musical extravaganza comes to the Young Vic after a hit run at Ovalhouse in 2016. (Most reviews from 2016)


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“Exuberant, smart, strange and quirky... Full of shiny asides, nimble word-play and lyrical intricacy... A total pleasure. ”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Genius firing on all cylinders... Tartly directed... Sheer gamboling gaiety of spirit and loose-limbed wit. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Ludicrously enjoyable, dizzyingly clever... Utterly accessible... radically progressive... Paget himself would be proud. ”

Matt Trueman (What's On Stage, Time Out)

“Clever chamber opera of crackpot fabulousness, high camp and unexpected poignancy.”

Lyn Gardner (The Guardian)

“A strange wild camp and ultimately endearing squib... Real pain sometimes,... Fine jokes work... 75 minutes was enough.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“A lovable mixture of charm, anachronism and luxury... A glorious oddity that goes baggy and ends up outstaying its welcome.”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“While Davies' energy is undeniably admirable, the character is too mannered and frankly irritating to be engaging.”

Alun Hood (What's On Stage)

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