Jack Thorne’s 'When Winston Went to War with the Wireless' sets full cast

The four-time Olivier Award-nominated actress Haydn Gwynne joins Stephen Campbell Moore and Adrian Scarborough in a political drama about finding the truth.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

Find out the entire cast for the world premiere of Jack Thorne’s When Winston Went to War with the Wireless. The play begins previews at the Donmar Warehouse n 2 June, with an opening night on 13 June, and performances to 29 July.

Set in mid-1920s Britain, the general public accessed news through two primary sources: The British Gazette, edited by Winston Churchill, and the British Broadcasting Company, led by John Reith. As both outlets aim to cover the 1926 general strike, Churchill and Reith battle to understand the truth.

Adrian Scarborough and Stephen Campbell Moore play Winston Churchill and John Reith respectively. The whole cast includes Kitty Archer as Isabel Shields, Ravin J Ganatra as Archbishop of Canterbury / JCC Davidson, Haydn Gwynne as Stanley Baldwin, Mariam Haque as Muriel Reith, Kevin McMonagle as Ernest Bevin, Luke Newberry as Charlie Bowser, Elliott Rennie as Arthur Pugh/Musician, Laura Rogers as Clemmie Churchill/Amelia Johnson, and Shubham Saraf as Peter Eckersley.

Katy Rudd directs Jack Thorne’s play, with design by Laura Hopkins, lighting design by Howard Hudson, and sound design by Ben and Max Ringham.

When Winston Went to War with the Wireless is at the Donmar Warehouse.

Photo credit: When Winston Went to War with the Wireless artwork (Photo courtesy of production)

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