Casting has been announced for The Patriotic Traitor, which makes its world premiere at the Park Theatre in February 2016.
Olivier Award-winning actor Tom Conti and Lewis star Laurence Fox will lead the cast in the respective roles of Philippe Pétain and Charles de Gaulle when Jonathan Lynn’s war-time drama comes to the Park Theatre in London. It runs at the Finsbury Park venue from 17th February to 19th March 2016, with an official opening night on 23rd February 2016.
Joining Conti and Fox in the cast are 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.
“You were the sword but I was the shield. I love France.
I also love you – as a son.”
Written and directed by Jonathan Lynn, The Patriotic Trailer is the true story of two friends who find themselves on opposing sides of World War II: Philippe Pétain, a tough, uncompromising soldier who rose through the ranks to save France in 1916 at the Battle of Verdun, and Charles de Gaulle, the aristocratic, academic, awkward and equally uncompromising soldier who led France to freedom when Pétain became a Nazi collaborator.
Scottish actor Tom Conti won an Olivier (Actor of the Year in a New Play) in the West End and Tony Award (Best Actor) on Broadway for his role in Whose Life Is It Anyway?. As an actor, his other stage credits include: Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell, The Real Thing, Present Laughter, The Ride Down Mount Morgan and Savages. His television credits include: The Glittering Prizes, The Norman Conquests, Miranda, Friends and Lark Rise to Candleford. His film credits include: The Tempest, The Dark Knight Rises, Saving Grace and Reuben, Reuben, for which he received an Academy Award ‘Best Actor’ nomination. As a director, his credits include: The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Present Laughter and Otherwise Engaged.
Laurence Fox is an English stage and screen actor best known for his TV role as D. S. James Hathaway in the long-running ITV drama, Lewis. His film and TV credits include: The Hole, Gosford Park, Whatever Love Means, Becoming Jane, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Colditz. His stage credits include: Mrs Warren’s Profession, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Treats and Strangers on a Train.
The Patriotic Traitor is presented by Bob Benton and Daniel Brodie for DB Productions. Written and directed by the multi award-winning Jonathan Lynn (Yes Minister, Yes, Prime Minister, My Cousin Vinny, Nuns on the Run), it also has design by Georgia Lowe, lighting by Mark Howland, and sound by Andrea Cox.
Previews: 17 – 20 February
Performances: Tuesday – Saturday @ 19.30, Thursday & Saturday @ 3pm
Running Time: TBC
Booking: www.parktheatre.co.uk 020 7870 6876