Acclaimed playwright Jack Thorne has talked about his new play at the Donmar Warehouse – When Winston Went to War with the Wireless.
At a time when the BBC is faced yet again with the challenges of impartiality, Jack Thorne’s new play promises to be a gripping drama about the birth of a great British institution.
Watch: Jack Thorne talks about When Winston Went to War with the Wireless
The Olivier Award and five-time BAFTA -winning writer currently has two plays on stage in the West End – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre, and The Motive and the Cue at the National Theatre; these will be joined by two more this year – Stranger Things: The First Shadow at the Phoenix Theatre, for which Thorne has contributed to the original story, and new play When Winston Went to War with the Wireless at the Donmar.
The play stars Adrian Scarborough as Winston Churchill and Stephen Campbell Moore as John Reith, alongside Haydn Gwynne as Stanley Baldwin, Kitty Archer as Isabel Shields, Ravin J Ganatra as the Archbishop of Canterbury / JCC Davidson, Mariam Haque as Muriel Reith, Kevin McMonagle as Ernest Bevin, Luke Newberry as Charlie Bowser, Seb Philpott as Speaker of the House/Musician, Elliott Rennie as Arthur Pugh/Musician, Laura Rogers as Clemmie Churchill/Amelia Johnson, and Shubham Saraf as Peter Eckersley.
Directed by Katy Rudd, When Winston… has design by Laura Hopkins, sound design by Ben and Max Ringham, lighting design by Howard Hudson, movement direction by Scott Graham, music by Gary Yershon, video design and animation by Andrzej Goulding and casting by Anna Cooper CDG.
Currently playing at the Donmar is Noël Coward’s Private Lives starring Stephen Mangan and Rachael Stirling, playing to 27 May 2023.
When Winston Went to War with the Wireless runs at the Donmar from 2 June to 29 July 2023.
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