Bob Benton and Daniel Brodie for DB Productions present the world premiere of
The Patriotic Traitor
by Jonathan Lynn
Directed by Jonathan Lynn
“You were the sword but I was the shield. I love France.
I also love you – as a son.”
The Patriotic Traitor is about two giants of history. Written and directed by multi-award winning Jonathan Lynn (Yes Minister / Yes, Prime Minister / My Cousin Vinny / Nuns on the Run), it tells the extraordinary true story of Charles de Gaulle and Philippe Pétain, who loved each other like father and son but found themselves on tragically opposing sides in World War II.
This relationship, noble, comic and absurd, changed history: 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.
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.
Previews: 17 Feb 2016
Press Night: 23 Feb 2016 (7pm)
Plays until: 19 Mar 2016
Tue – Sat Evenings 19.30
Thu & Sat Matinees 15.00
(no matinee on 18 Feb)
£25, £20 Full
I will soon be directing my own play THE PATRIOTIC TRAITOR. It goes into rehearsal in January 2016 and will have it's world premiere in mid-February at The Park Theatre, London. Cast and other information to follow.
The play is to be published by Faber and Faber.