Donmar Warehouse


02 Mar 2017 - 15 Apr 2017

£10.00 - N/A

Pro reviewers rating
10 reviews

3.6 out of 5.0
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0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

A divisive left-wing leader at the helm of the Labour party. A Conservative prime minister battling with her cabinet. An identity crisis on a national scale. This is Britain 1981.

One Sunday morning, four prominent Labour politicians – Bill Rodgers, Shirley Williams, Roy Jenkins and David Owen – gather in private at Owen’s home in Limehouse, east London, desperate to find a political alternative. 

Should they split their party, divide their loyalties, and risk betraying everything they believe in? Would they be starting afresh, or destroying forever the tradition that nurtured them?

New drama taking us behind closed doors to imagine the personal conflicts behind the making of political history.


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“Allam is almost unrecognisable... this is a performance to savour and the script catches Roy’s self-mockingly bathetic gifts.”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“The personalities are gloriously, sometimes mischievously created... Surprisingly moving... directed by Findlay at a sharp pace.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“A delight for politics buffs... A highly intelligent account... Waters characterizes his protagonists with great clarity.”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

“The quartet playing the quartet are very strong, with uncanny all-round resemblances... Sharp production.”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Inspired... Bile, and laughs... A rollicking ride which neatly captures the way politics can change in an instant... A hoot.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“A crack cast ... Allam is unrecognisable in his extraordinary transformation to the lisping, loquacious, balding Jenkins.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“While the piece is beautifully acted and fascinating to political junkies like me, it leaves too many questions unanswered.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Self-evidently timely... Armin is good as Debbie... All the actors admirably convey the personal costs of this decision.”

Holly Williams (What's On Stage, Time Out, Independent)

“Though fascinating contemporary parallels abound, Steve Waters' political play lacks dramatic clout.”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Benign and unbudgeable, Debra Gillett is a radiant Shirley Williams: head slightly tilted, gaze completely straight, fearless.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

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