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Critically acclaimed Edinburgh hit Brexit transfers to the King's Head Theatre

Brexit. Photo by Steve Ullathorne

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING its success at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018, Brexit is transferring to the King’s Head Theatre. Written by Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky and starring Tim Bentinck (The Archers), it runs from October 30 to November 17, 2018.

It’s 2020 and The Gordian Knot of Brexit remains tightly tangled. To keep a united government and to achieve an exit deal remains incompatible … or is it? Is Adam Masters the man of the moment? The political miracle worker of his generation? The Wizard of Westminster? The Gary Kasparov in this drawn-out game of political chess?

Adam has won the Tory leadership contest. He was the only candidate all factions of his party could agree on. But the poison chalice is not for him and he has a foolproof plan – a cunning scheme to unite his MPs for the final stages of the Brexit negotiations. It’s easy; a piece of cake; child’s play. All he has to do is… just …umm just … now, what was it again? How’s it supposed to go? What was that killer move? ….

Set in the whispering corridors of power, Brexit is a tale of comic political intrigue, of promises made and broken, of juggling the balls of power whilst taking the wheel of the big Brexit bus which is now careering out of control.

Directed by Tom Salinsky, the cast also includes Thom Tuck, Pippa Evans, Lucy Montgomery and Adam Astill.

Timothy Bentinck is best known for his long-running role as David Archer in the BBC Radio 4 series The Archers and Tom Lacey in the classic BBC TV drama series By The Sword Divided. He has a wealth of television experience including The Royal Bodyguard with David Jason, The Thick Of It, Twenty Twelve and Broken News.

Bentinck’s stage roles include the Pirate King in the celebrated production of The Pirates of Penzance at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Captain Brice in Arcadia at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and Hubert Laurie in Night Must Fall also at the Haymarket. Bentinck’s autobiography Being David Archer – and other unusual ways of earning a living was published by Constable in 2017.

As a stand-up, Pippa Evans has performed across the UK, Australia, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Norway and Manchester. Her TV appearances include Fast and Loose (BBC2), Live at the Electric (BBC3), Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (Dave), Drunk History (Comedy Central) and The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC). For radio, her work includes The Now Show, Fifteen Minute Musicals and Newsjack. She is a core member of the Olivier Award-winning Showstoppers!

Thom Tuck is best known for being one third of comedy troupe The Penny Dreadfuls and as a stand-up, he was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer in 2011. With The Penny Dreadfuls, he has created five full length stage shows, two radio series and two one-off radio plays. He also runs tom:foolery – an occasional stand-up night where all performers are called Tom, Thom or Thomas and The Alternative Comedy Memorial Society which he books and co-hosts with John-Luke Roberts.

Comedian, actress and writer Lucy Montgomery, who plays Helena Brandt, Chief EU Negotiator, appeared as a roving reporter for The Friday Night Project. Her other television work includes Bo’ Selecta!, The Mighty Boosh and The IT Crowd. She has been heard in several BBC Radio 4 programmes, including the radio phone-in spoof Down the Line, Robin and Wendy’s Wet Weekends, The Way We Live Right Now, The Museum of Everything, The Department, Another Case of Milton Jones, The Party Line and Lucy Montgomery’s Variety Pack (2010).

Montgomery also wrote and performed in the comedy sketch show Tittybangbang on BBC Three and produced a pilot for her own sketch show for the BBC called The Full Montgomery which went on to run on Radio 4 for two series.

Adam Astill is best known for his roles as Luke Branning in EastEnders and Dan Hamilton in Holby City. A recognisable face from television, his roles also include Hetty Feather, Ransom, Guilt, Doctors, Coronation Street, Our Girl and New Tricks.

Image: By Steve Ullathorne.

Tickets: Tuesday, October 30: £10 preview; Wednesday, October 31: £14 preview. From Thursday, November 1 onwards: £19.50, £18 over 60s and Equity (20 per performance), £10 under 30s (Tuesdays only – 20 per performance), £5 unwaged (matinees only – 20 per performance). To book, call the box office on 0207 226 8561 or visit www.kingsheadtheatre.com/ or www.brexitplay.co.uk/.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7pm; Sundays at 3pm; Saturday matinee at 3pm (November 17).