Jonathan Maitland wrote on this site yesterday about his play, Dead Sheep, which is shortly to open at the Park Theatre. Its central figure is the man to whom its title was once attached by Denis Healey – namely, Geoffrey Howe.
The author describes it as “a portrait of two types of marriage: Geoffrey and Elspeth’s on-going one of 62 years, and Geoffrey and Margaret’s political union of 18”. Its core is the speech by Howe that triggered Thatcher’s downfall as Prime Minister.
It stars James Wilby, Graham Seed and Steve Nallon( as Mrs Thatcher), and runs at the Park Theatre, (Finsbury Park, London N4) from April 1 to May 9.
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There are special Q and A sessions immediately following the 1500 matinees on Thursday April 2 and 9. The April 2 session features Sir Stephen Wall ( Geoffrey Howe’s Private Secretary, 1988-89), Jonathan Maitland (writer, Dead Sheep) and Denise Silvey (producer, Dead Sheep – and production supervisor of The Mousetrap, the longest running play in the world.) It will be hosted by Julian Worricker, the BBC Presenter.
The April 9 session will feature former BBC Political Correspondent Nick Jones instead of Sir Stephen Wall.