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The Constituent

July 13 - August 10, 2024

James Corden and Anna Maxwell Martin Return To The Stage

Why See The Constituent?


The Constituent Premieres at The Old Vic

James Corden and Anna Maxwell Martin star in Joe Penhall's world premiere of The Constituent', directed by Matthew Warchus. Premiering at the Old Vic, the play explores politics, empathy, and safety in the world of local politicians. Corden portrays an ex-serviceman, while Maxwell Martin plays an opposition backbencher. Penhall cites his fascination with growing antipathy towards elected politicians as the inspiration behind The Constituent. 

What Is The Story?

The Constituent, penned by Joe Penhall and directed by Matthew Warchus,  delves into the tumultuous world of a local MP's office. Maxwell Martin portrays a dedicated opposition backbencher facing a crisis when confronted by an ex-serviceman, played by James Corden. Set against a backdrop of rising threats, the play questions the role of empathy in politics and the necessity of safety measures like stab vests in an open-door policy. Penhall's exploration of political antipathy, conceived four years ago, gains urgency amidst contemporary challenges, offering a poignant reflection on the state of governance.

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Opening night: 13 July 2024


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