Peter Morgan, our well-established chronicler of modern history – from TV dramas The Crown and The Deal to plays like Frost/Nixon and The Audience – now turns his shrewd gaze on Vladimir Putin. Or rather onto the man who claims that he “made” Putin, billionaire oligarch Boris Berezovsky, and who, in the exhilarating Patriots, then battles the President for the soul of Russia. Morgan’s version of events has something of the tragic arc of Frankenstein: the brilliant but arrogant man who rejects...
The BAFTA-winning actor Tom Hollander plays Russian billionaire-turned-enemy of the state, Boris Berezovsky, in Peter Morgan’s gripping drama. Patriots tickets are available on London Theatre now.
Picture the scene. It’s 1991. The Soviet hammer and sickle flag lowers at the Kremlin for the final time. Russia is a newly independent country. A new nation dawns, but at what cost?
A group of influential businessmen find themselves leading a country to new heights. Boris Berezovsky took control of significant assets: Russian television network Channel One, national airline Aeroflot, and global banks. He even found himself in President Boris Yeltsin’s inner circle, and later assisted in primary funds for Unity for Vladimir Putin.
Less than a decade later, Berezovsky left the Duma and spoke out against Vladimir Putin — he continued to do so until he died in 2013. But how could one man fall so far to become public enemy number one? Patriots navigates a tense political world of lies, deceit, and secrets.
The Night Manager star Tom Hollander plays Berezovsky, alongside Will Keen, who reprises his Olivier-winning turn as Vladimir Putin, and Luke Thallon as Roman Abramovich. Many of the Almeida Theatre cast return from the original run, a production that picked up a Best New Play nomination at the 2023 Olivier Awards.
What were reviews like for Tom Hollander in Patriots?
Reviews for Tom Hollander in Patriots were overwhelmingly positive. In a four-star review for Patriots at the Almeida Theatre on London Theatre, “a barnstorming performance from Tom Hollander makes this a gripping human duel, as well as an ideological one. His Berezovsky is gleeful, wired and relentless, barely phased by an assassination attempt, and drunk on his own strategic brilliance. Putin’s heel turn is therefore a humiliating personal failure. Hollander is monstrously entertaining throughout, and wrings real pathos out of his eventual lonely exile.”
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2h 40m (incl. 1 interval)
May 26th, 2023
August 19th, 2023
14+. Everyone, regardless of age, must have their own ticket to enter the theatre. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and sat next to a ticketholder who is at least 18 years old. Children under the age of 3 will not be admitted.
Cast and creative
By: Peter Morgan
Director: Rupert Goold
Cast list: Tom Hollander, Will Keen, Luke Thallon, Matt Concannon, Ronald Guttman, Sean Kingsley, Paul Kynman, Jessica Temple, Josef Davies, Ashley Gerlach, Howard Gossington, Stefanie Martini, Evelyn Miller, Peter Eastland, Lydia Fraser, Matt McClure
Set: Miriam Buether
Costume: Miriam Buether and Deborah Andrews
Lighting: Jack Knowles
Sound: Adam Cork
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