NEWS: Initial Casting Announced for World Premiere of Jack Thorne’s When Winston Went to War With the Wireless

The production will begin performances at the Donmar Warehouse from the 2nd June 2023.

The Donmar Warehouse’s Artistic Director Michael Longhurst and Executive Director Henny Finch have announced the initial casting for the upcoming world premiere of Jack Thorne’s play which will receive its world premiere in June 2023.

Directed by Katy Rudd, When Winston Went to War With the Wireless will star Stephen Campbell Moore as John Reith and Adrian Scarborough as Winston Churchill. Further casting has yet to be announced.

Stephen Campbell Moore returns to the Donmar Warehouse, having previously starred in the theatre’s production of Berenice. His other stage credits include: Consent (Harold Pinter Theatre); Photograph 51 (Michael Grandage Company/Noël Coward Theatre); Chimerica; Richard II; Coriolanus (Almeida) and Clybourne Park (Royal Court/Wyndham’s).

Adrian Scarborough has previously appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in productions of Accidental Death of an Anarchist and To The Green Fields Beyond. His other credits include: Leopoldstadt, Don Juan in Soho (Wyndham’s Theatre), The Madness of George III, Kiss of the Spiderwoman and The Clothes They Stood Up In (Nottingham Playhouse).

In May 1926 Britain grinds to a halt, as workers down tools for The General Strike.

With the printing presses shut down, the only sources of news are the government’s The British Gazette, edited by Chancellor of the Exchequer Winston Churchill, and the independent, fledgling British Broadcasting Company, led by John Reith. What follows is a fierce battle for control of the news and who gets to define the truth.

The creative team behind the production includes: Designer Laura Hopkins, Sound Designers Ben and Max Ringham, Lighting Designer Howard Hudson, Movement Director Scott Graham, Composer Gary Yershon and Casting Director  Anna Cooper CDG.

When Winston Went to War With the Wireless will play at the Donmar Warehouse from the 2nd June until the 29th July 2023.

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