TOM CONTI and LAURENCE FOX will star in the world premiere production of THE PATRIOTIC TRAITOR, opening at Park Theatre 17th February to 19th March, with a press night on 25 February. The Patriotic Traitor is written and directed by multi-award winning JONATHAN LYNN (‘Yes Minister’/’Yes, Prime Minister’/’My Cousin Vinny’/’Nuns on the Run’), with design by Georgia Lowe, lighting by Mark Howland, and sound by Andrea Cox.
Tom Conti will star as Philippe Pétain and Laurence Fox will star as Charles de Gaulle, alongside Niall Ashdown as Leon Blum / General Weygand, James Chalmers as General Le Gallet / Captain de Courcel, Ruth Gibson as Yvonne de Gaulle and Tom Mannion as Lord Halifax / Pierre Laval.
The Patriotic Traitor tells the extraordinary true story of two close friends Charles de Gaulle and Philippe Pétain, who found themselves on tragically opposing sides in World War II.
This relationship, noble, comic and absurd, changed history: Marshall Pétain, a tough, uncompromising soldier who rose through the ranks to save France in 1916 at the Battle of Verdun, and General de Gaulle, the aristocratic, academic, awkward and equally uncompromising soldier who led France to freedom when Pétain became a Nazi collaborator.
In 1945 de Gaulle had his oldest friend tried for treason. But was it as simple as it seemed? This extraordinary story is seen as Pétain waits for the verdict.
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Previews: 17 – 20 February
Performances: Tuesday – Saturday @ 19.30, Thursday & Saturday @ 3pm
Running Time: TBC
Booking: www.parktheatre.co.uk 020 7870 6876