Revolution led by... a grey suit? Comedy puts Clement Attlee's life on stage
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A feted play about the life of Clement Attlee makes its long-awaited return to Highgate Village this month.
A Modest Little Man, by Francis Beckett is at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, from August 31 to September 5.
It sold out for two weeks in its first run, at Bread and Roses in Clapham, January 2019, and was sold out again for its second run in October the same year, at the Highgate theatre.
Its return in April 2020 was postponed until October, then April 2021, and finally to September 2021.
“Francis Beckett’s comic play, A Modest Little Man, offers a splendid illustration of Attlee’s towering absence of ego,” according to Broadway World
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The play begins in May 1945, when Britain celebrated victory and cheered Winston Churchill. But revolution was in the air and the Labour leader was the man who had to deliver it. But how could he? Clement Attlee sounded like a provincial bank manager, in the days when banking was still a reputable profession. He was “a modest little man with plenty to be modest about”. He sat in his grey suit and puffed his pipe.
Tickets are available from www.upstairsatthegatehouse.com or telephone 020 8340 3488. Or in person at the theatre box office.
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