World Premiere by Hugh Whitemore

Directed by Philip Franks
Chichester Festival Theatre
May / June 2012


Britain in 1956: the Suez Crisis.

Prime Minister Anthony Eden, described by a colleague as 'half mad baronet and half beautiful woman', is faced with the terrible possibility of leading his country into war. His health is collapsing. His friends, colleagues and opponents, among them Hugh Gaitskell and Ian Fleming and his wife Ann, are facing crises of their own, crises of conscience and crises of the heart.

Hugh Whitemore's new play is a true epic: a suspenseful thriller, an achingly romantic love story and a fascinating examination of a flashpoint in our history which still resonates today.

What is the cost of an 'illegal' war?

Cast included Anthony Andrews, Nicholas le Provost, Imogen Stubbs

Mail on Sunday        
"Philip Franks fluidly directs"

The Times        
"Philip Frank's direction is swift, episodic but clear, with useful projections as scenes change."

Daily Express        
"In a production superbly orchestrated by director Philip Franks, Whitemore juggles the notion that deception is contagious and that broken trust - private or public - can never be repaired."