Winston Churchill and George VI between them satisfy all three of Shakespeare's paths to greatness: being born great, achieving greatness, and having greatness thrust upon them. Both born into backgrounds of exceptional privilege and influence, one by personal ambition achieving the position of prime minister and war leader, the other by the vagaries of circumstance finding himself in the position of monarch.
In World War II they met every Tuesday for private luncheons to discuss affairs of state. Power Luncheon imagines – with some licence – three of these meetings, in 1940, 1943, and on D-Day 1944. An exploration of how interpersonal politics might leak onto the stage of world politics and how the course of history can be altered by the emotional needs of the child who has never quite left the nursery.
£10 tickets available for preview performances on 11th and 12th January.
Running time: approximately 1 hour 55 minutes, including an interval
Latecomers may not be admitted. Please arrive in good time for the start time of 7:30pm.
Under 18s are not permitted into the theatre for this performance.
No re-admittance once the performance has commenced. Refunds and exchanges are not available.