Jonathan Maitland’s satire ‘The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson‘ will embark on a UK tour in 2020.
The political comedy, set in post-Brexit 2029, features Boris Johnson reflecting on a pivotal dinner, attended by Brexiteers Michael Gove and his wife Sarah Vine, in 2016 when Johnson decided to vote leave.
The play first ran at the Park Theatre in north London where it was a sell-out hit. The script of the show will be updated nightly to reflect the ever changing political circumstances.
Maitland, a journalist, broadcaster and playwright, also wrote An Audience with Jimmy Savile and Dead Sheep.
Maitland said: “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?”
The play 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.
Casting for the production is to be announced.
The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson will begin at Festival Theatre, Malvern from 22 January 2020 and will then travel to Southampton, Windsor, Newcastle, Guildford, Salford and Eastbourne.