2 June 2023 – 29 July 2023
WHEN WINSTON WENT TO WAR WITH THE WIRELESS
A true story about truth
In May 1926 Britain grinds to a halt, as workers down tools for The General Strike.
With the printing presses shut down, the only sources of news are the government’s The British Gazette, edited by Chancellor of the Exchequer Winston Churchill (Adrian Scarborough), and the independent, fledgling British Broadcasting Company, led by John Reith (Stephen Campbell Moore). What follows is a fierce battle for control of the news and who gets to define the truth.
At a time when the BBC is faced once again with the challenges of impartiality, When Winston Went To War With The Wireless is a gripping new play about the birth of a great British institution by multi award-winning stage and screen writer Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage play, His Dark Materials for BBC One), directed by Katy Rudd (Ocean at the End of the Lane, Eureka Day), with design by Laura Hopkins, lighting design by Howard Hudson, sound design by Ben and Max Ringham, movement direction by Scott Graham, and music by Gary Yershon