News: The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson to tour in 2020

Following a sold-out run at Park Theatre, London, The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson, the new political comedy from journalist, broadcaster and playwright Jonathan Maitland (An Audience with Jimmy Savile, Dead Sheep) will tour for the first time in 2020.  Directed by Lotte Wakeham (Artistic Director of the Octagon Theatre, Bolton), it will begin at Festival Theatre, Malvern from 22 January 2020.

It was the dinner that changed history: the night in February 2016 when Boris Johnson decided to vote ‘leave’. Guests included fellow MP Michael Gove, the journalist Sarah Vine and, for Boris at least, the spirits of Prime Ministers past – Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill and Tony Blair.

Fast forward to post-Brexit Britain, 2029.  Boris, no longer in power (for reasons that may be fact and/or fiction at time of performance!), roams the political wilderness. But unexpected events see him back in the spotlight and with a chance to “make Britain great again”. This play addresses the big questions: What will Britain look like in ten years’ time?  Is chlorinated chicken really bad for you? And what IS going on inside the head of the most divisive and controversial politician of our time?     

 As befits the fastest moving story of our time, the script will be updated – nightly, if necessary – to reflect events…

Jonathan Maitland said of his play: “It’s nice to have written something which unites Leavers and Remainers: the audiences so far have laughed, gasped and occasionally cried throughout!  It’s quite a brew: politics, power, sex, sovereignty and more re-writes than any withdrawal agreement! But it seems to work. Who’d have thought?”

Casting is to be announced.

The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson will be directed by Lotte Wakeham, with set and costume design by Louie Whitemore, lighting design by Christopher Nairne and sound design by Andy Graham.

This project was co-funded by Art50, a scheme commissioned by Sky Arts and produced by Storyvault Films to explore the notion of British identity in the wake of Brexit, and originally produced by Glynis Henderson Productions at Park Theatre London 2019.

2020 UK Tour Schedule

22 – 25 January                           Festival Theatre, Malvern                               01684 892277

                                                    www.malvern-theatres.co.uk

 

3 – 8 February                             Nuffield Southampton Theatres                      023 8067 1771

                                                    www.nstheatres.co.uk                                    On sale in October

 

10 – 15 February                         Theatre Royal Windsor                                   01753 853 888

                                                    www.theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk                                          

 

18 – 22 February                         Northern Stage, Newcastle                             0191 230 5151

                                                    www.northernstage.co.uk                               On sale mid-October

 

24 – 29 February                          Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford                 01483 44 00 00

                                                    www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk                            

 

2 – 7 March                                 The Lowry, Salford                                         0343 208 6000

                                                    www.thelowry.com                                                                                      

 

9 – 14 March                               Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne            0132 341 2000

                                                    www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk                                     

Photo credit: Michael Wharley and Rebecca Pitt

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