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The Confessions of Gordon Brown

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Closed July 30, 2014

drills into the soul of GB

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Why See The Confessions of Gordon Brown?

Gordon Brown spent a decade as Tony Blair's Chancellor, waiting in wings until his time to occupy Number Ten finally arrived. As it turned out, the waiting wasn't really worth it. Brown's four years leading the country quickly went downhill following an promising start, and he's now remembered as one of the modern era's least successful Prime Ministers.

The Confessions of Gordon Brown is a tour de force, one man show, written by Bafta-Award winning playwright and journalist Kevin Toolis. It delves into the dark secrets of Brown's time in office, a premiership marred by moments of crippling indecision, baffling policy choices, and generous helpings of parliamentary back stabbing While at times damning, the play is nonetheless an empathetic portrait, presenting Brown as a tragic figure of Shakespearian proportions - a capable, good hearted politician who just wasn't cut out for the UK's top job. The show was a sell-out when it played 2013's Edinburgh Festival, and now it's travelling down to Brown's spiritual home, London, for a limited run at the Ambassadors Theatre.

Taking the title role for this London staging is Ian Grieve, a veteran of both acting and directing at Scotland's esteemed Perth theatre, and star of the BBC's Garrow's Law and Rebus.

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Opening night: 3 June 2014


Suitable for ages 16+
Strong language

Run time

One hour and 15 minutes with no interval

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Ian Grieve as Gordon Brown


Written and directed by Kevin Toolis

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