Following close on the heels of This House comes another play that successfully depicts true political events. Jonathan Maitland takes Margaret Thatcher’s fatal underestimation of Geoffrey Howe and writes an intriguing, highly funny insight into the erosion of friendship with its tragic consequences.

The production is a glorious mix of knockabout pantomime from a trio of actors, playing the supporting roles and filling in the narrative, to the cartoonish depiction of Thatcher. Graham Seed and John Wark take on several roles as does Christopher Villiers, who gets to turn in some wickedly funny caricatures.

Steve Nallon, who supplied Thatcher's voice for Spitting Image, dons full drag and, amid the comedy, fully conveys the chilling glare from her eyes.

Paul Bradley has the difficult task of breathing life into the characterless Howe - a humble man humiliated by a friend who did not respect nor reciprocate the tremendous loyalty he gave her. Bradley succeeds brilliantly.

Elspeth Howe emerges as a strong and supportive wife with views of own, and her clashes with Thatcher are described as like two wasps in a jam jar – their stinging exchanges are bitchiness at its best. Carol Royle clearly relishes the role and provides a strong character through understated performance.

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