Bob Benton and Daniel Brodie for DB Productions in association with Park Theatre present the World Premiere of
The Patriotic Traitor
“…scintillatingly topical, beautifully written and magnificently acted.” ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Daily Mail
“The Patriotic Traitor is meaty and absorbing” ★ ★ ★ ★ Metro
“A gripping encounter between Pétain and de Gaulle” ★ ★ ★ ★ The Telegraph
“Especially timely.” ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ The Reviews Hub
“Conti gives a superb performance” ★ ★ ★ ★ West End Wilma
“ Laurence Fox perfectly portrays the strong proud and humourless de Gaulle” ★ ★ ★ ★ The Upcoming
Directed by Jonathan Lynn
Tom Conti will star as Philippe Pétain and Laurence Fox will star as Charles de Gaulle, alongside Niall Ashdown as Leon Blum / General Weygand, James Chalmers as General Le Gallet / Captain de Courcel, Ruth Gibson as Yvonne de Gaulle and Tom Mannion as Lord Halifax / Pierre Laval.
The Patriotic Traitor is about two giants of history. It tells the extraordinary true story of Charles de Gaulle and Philippe Pétain, who loved each other like father and son but found themselves on tragically opposing sides in World War II.
This relationship, noble, comic and absurd, changed history: Philippe Pétain, a tough, uncompromising soldier who rose through the ranks to save France in 1916 at the Battle of Verdun, and Charles de Gaulle, the aristocratic, academic, awkward and equally uncompromising soldier who led France to freedom when Pétain became a Nazi collaborator.
In 1945 de Gaulle had his oldest friend tried for treason. But was it as simple as it seemed? This extraordinary story is seen as Pétain waits for the verdict.
Photo Credit: Helen Murray