Francis Beckett
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A Modest Little Man

A Modest Little ManMy play about Clem Attlee, A Modest Little Man, is having its much-delayed third outing, again at Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate Village, Tuesday 31 August to Saturday 4 September at 7.30pm, with matinees on Saturday 4 September at 2 pm and on Sunday 5 September at 4.00pm.

The first two runs were sold out a week before they began.

Tickets from | 020 8340 3488 | in person at box office


May 1945. Britain celebrates victory and cheers Winston Churchill.

The men and women who fought the war want a better world. But the Labour Party is led by a nonentity – “a modest little man with plenty to be modest about.”

He says almost nothing. He sits in his grey suit and puffs his pipe.

One wit remarked: “An empty taxi drew up and Clement Attlee got out.”

How can the insignificant little Labour leader win an election against the great Churchill, and create a welfare state in a war-ravaged economy?

“This is one of the most enjoyable fringe shows I have seen in ages” - Reviewsgate

“A very funny and at times moving account of Clement Attlee” - New Statesman

“A splendid illustration of Attlee’s towering absence of ego” - Broadway World

“Beckett’s supreme achievement is to render all the affectionately drawn key characters of the time accessible, engaging and inspiring” - Morning Star

“A thought-provoking piece that is distinctly aware of the importance of remembering the past in difficult political climates” -

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