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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, Wednesday 3 February to Saturday 6 February at 7.30pm, with matinees on Saturday 6 February at 2 pm and on Sunday 7 February at 4.00pm.

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

Tickets from www.upstairsatthegatehouse.com | 020 8340 3488 | in person at box office

UPSTAIRS AT THE GATEHOUSE, HIGHGATE VILLAGE, LONDON N6 4BD


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” - Thespyinthestalls.com
 



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