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Trafalgar Studios 1
Whitehall, SW1A 2DY
Three Days In May
Trafalgar Studios 3D location mapMap ©Silvermaze Ltd 2008 Trafalgar Studios photoPhoto ©Tony Reading 2008
Show Details
Preview 31st Oct 11
Opens 2nd Nov11
Closes 3rd Mar 12
Show Times
Mon - Sat 7.30 pm
Matinée Thurs & Sat 2.30 pm



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3 Days in May - Army



BAXTER'S THEATRELAND BY NIGHT
A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.


A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.

Baxter

 

Three Days In May, a new play starring Warren Clarke as Winston Churchill has opened in London. A gripping forensic on what sort of a man Churchill was. I was born in 1940 and I've had enough. Read on.

£ Days In May - ChurchillWhatever kind of political rapscallion Churchill may have been before he certainly did and said what he could to promote courage. One gets the feeling that his plans and possibilities were like a basket of many intertwined snakes - can't tell where one ends and the other begins. He was certainly outrageous and folk have backed off some of the 'snakes' where the context was too narrow to know what was really going on....all seemed so nasty.

The Churchill that stands in the hall of the Goring hotel with a fresh rose in the bronze lapel is rather different from the Churchill that Warren Clarke plays. However he has captured something of the man in "his potent mixture of political cunning and great-heartedness". He captures also the eloquence - mumble though he might - "and portrays his character’s single-minded sense of purpose with only the slightest tinge of hubris"
Quotes Charles Spencer - Telegraph.

3 Days in May - Warrebn as Churchill

The Mail on the other hand uses different adjectives: "[Warren's] splendid portrayal of Churchill hints at a degree of inner uncertainty while capturing the essence of the man — a mix of intellectual clarity and iron-willed determination"
Richard Littlejohn
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THE STORY

It's 1940 - the year of the Dragon and a rather important moment for Britain when we were said to be looking at being thoroughly whooped by Hitler who had taken Belgium with France about to surrender (yeah right) and anybody British was heading to Dunkirk. America still pussyfooting and Italy turning coat to Germany......

France sends its PM to London to urge Churchill to secure peace for them both with Hitler - hopefully through the then starry-eyed Mussolini -- and furthermore that if Britain gave up Malta and Suez to Germany he could just about be satisfied and leave France alone and so it's win win all round give or take a job or two.

The conjecture is whether Churchill wavered ot not. They looked at his wavery secretary's diaries (Jock Colville) and wondered. They called it the dark night of the soul which is very modern of them.

As I mentioned - I was born in 1940 - YOU go and don't forget to book first :-)

Cast

  • Warren Clarke - Winston Churchill
  • Jeremy Clyde - Lord Halifax
  • Robert Demeger - Neville Chamberlain
  • James Alper - Jock Colville'
  • Dicken Ashworth - Arthur Greenwood
  • Timothy Knightley - Paul Reynaud
  • Paul Ridley - General Dill
  • Michael Sheldon - Clement Attlee

Creative

  • Director - Alan Strachan
  • Written by Ben Brown
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