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An unreliable history: When Winston Went to War with the Wireless, at the Donmar, reviewed

24 June 2023

9:00 AM

24 June 2023

9:00 AM

When Winston Went to War with the Wireless

Donmar Warehouse, until 29 July

Frank and Percy

Theatre Royal, Bath, 25 July to 5 August, Theatre Royal, Windsor, until 22 July

When Winston Went to War with the Wireless is the clumsy and misleading title of a new play about John Reith’s stewardship of the BBC during the 1926 general strike. Churchill, chancellor at the time, has a minor role as an irascible plodder who makes jokes without a punchline. His role is intended to foreshadow Boris’s career and the characters keep mentioning the gold standard and its damaging effects on Britain’s economy.

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