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Clement Atlee

Monday 26 September 2022 - Tuesday 27 September 2022
Tickets: £19, Concessions: £17 with code CONF22

May 1945.

Britain celebrates victory over Hitler and cheer Winston Churchill.

But things have changed. The poor don’t want to go back to the way things were.

They remember the thirties. It was a time of poverty, unemployment, starvation, in the midst of ostentatious wealth.

They don’t want that again.

The men and women who fought the war want a better world. They want the rich to pay a bit more, so the poor can suffer a bit less.

They want a national health service. Pay when they’re unemployed, so their families don’t starve. Education for everyone, so that no one grows up unable to read or write.

They want the Labour Party to deliver it.

But Labour is led by a nonentity – “a modest little man with plenty to be modest about.” He says almost nothing. He sits in his grey suit and puffs his pipe.

One wit remarked: “An empty taxi drew up and Clement Attlee got out.”

No charisma, no revolutionary passion.

Even if, by some miracle, he wins an election against the great Winston Churchill, this grey little man can’t make a revolution.

There’s no hope. There’s nothing in him.

Is there?

A moving and entertaining play about Clement Attlee – New Statesman (Peter Wilby).

Francis Beckett’s comic play offers a splendid illustration of Attlee’s towering absence of ego. – Broadway World (Gary Naylor)

Beckett’s supreme achievement is to render all the affectionately drawn key characters of the time accessible, engaging and inspiring. – Morning Star (Mary Conway)

This is a thought-provoking piece that is distinctly aware of the importance of remembering the past in difficult political climates. – (Tatjana Damjanovic.)

This is one of the most enjoyable fringe shows I have seen in ages. – Reviewsgate (William Russell.)

An affectionate picture of a politician who spoke little but achieved a great deal. – British Theatre Guide (Keith McKenna.)


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