It was the dinner that changed history: the night in February 2016 when Boris Johnson decided to vote ‘leave’. Guests included fellow MP Michael Gove, media mogul Evgeny Lebedev and, for Boris at least, the spirits of prime ministers past – Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill and Tony Blair.
Fast forward to post-Brexit Britain, 2029: a country divided. Boris is back in the political wilderness and has ambitions to make Britain great again, but what are his true intentions?
Navigating a career in politics and the media, Boris remains as divisive as ever and in an unexpected turn of events, soon finds himself mired – yet again – in controversy.
Written by Jonathan Maitland (author of Park Theatre hits Dead Sheep and An Audience With Jimmy Savile), this timely comedy drama offers an insight into the mind of one of the most divisive politicians of our time.
Jonathan Maitland’s satire The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson will embark on a tour in January 2020.
Set in post-Brexit Britain, the play first ran at the Park Theatre in North London. During its tour, it will open at the Festival Theatre in Malvern on 22nd January 2020, before visiting Southampton, Windsor, Newcastle, Guildford, Salford, and Eastbourne. The script will be updated nightly to reflect changing political circumstances.
Maitland said: “It’s nice to have written something which unites Leavers and Remainers: the audiences so far have laughed, gasped and occasionally cried throughout! It’s quite a brew: politics, power, sex, sovereignty and more re-writes than any withdrawal agreement! But it seems to work. Who’d have thought?”
Directed by Lotte Wakeham, the production will feature set and costume design by Louie Whitemore, lighting design by Christopher Narnie and sound design by Andy Graham. Casting will be announced in due course.