THE LAST TEMPTATION OF BORIS JOHNSON, NORTHERN STAGE

Jonathan Maitland's satirical comedy embarks on a journey that unites 'leavers' and 'remainers' at the Northern Stage this February, says Katie Baggott...

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

This new political comedy focuses on the dinner that changed history; the night in February 2016 when Boris Johnson decided to vote ‘leave’. Guests include fellow MP Michael Gove, Gove’s wife, journalist Sarah Vine and Evgeny Lebedev – plus Boris is haunted by the spirits of bygone Prime Ministers past, including Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair. Fast forward to post-brexit Britain – in 2029, where Boris is no longer in power, but unexpected events see him back in the political spotlight with a chance to ‘make Britain great again’.

WHO’S IN IT?

Will Barton, who played Boris in the 2017 BBC Two drama Theresa v Boris, plays the Prime Minister. Others in the line-up include: Bill Champion as Michael Gove and Winston Churchill, and Emma Davies as Margaret Thatcher. Claire Lichie plays Boris’ ex-wife Marina Wheeler, along with Tim Wallers who returns to the roles of Evgeny Lebedev, Tony Blair and Huw Edwards.

WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT?

This story contrasts true events with an imagined future campaign to give new life to a flagging political career. Will Barton is a very convincing Johnson, tactically messing his hair before interviews and capturing the broken rhythms of his blustery speeches. The irony is not lost as the play ends with a ‘bang’ that resonates throughout the audience. With clever black comedy writing by Jonathan Maitland, and top-class performances to match, The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson is full of political satire and witty remarks.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT?

For those interested in politics or political satire, The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson is one to watch.

WHEN IS IT ON?

This smash hit play sold out its London run last year and is now showing at the Northern Stage as part of its UK tour, from now until 22 February.


northernstage.co.uk

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