World Premiere of Jack Thorne's When Winston Went to War With the Wireless Completes Casting | Playbill

International News World Premiere of Jack Thorne's When Winston Went to War With the Wireless Completes Casting

Beginning performances at London's Donmar Warehouse June 2, the work tracks the early days of the BBC.

Jack Thorne

Full casting has been revealed for Donmar Warehouse's upcoming world premiere of Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child)'s When Winston Went to War With the Wireless. The new play will begin at the London theatre June 2, opening June 13 and continuing through July 29. Katy Rudd is directing.

Joining the previously announced Stephen Campbell Moore as John Reith and Adrian Scarborough as Winston Churchill will be 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, Seb Philpott as Speaker of the House/Musician, Elliott Rennie as Arthur Pugh/Musician, Laura Rogers as Clemmie Churchill/Amelia Johnson, and Shubham Saraf as Peter Eckersley.

Inspired by real events, the work takes place in 1926 Britain as a strike shuts down printing presses. A fight for news reporting emerges, between the government's The British Gazette (then edited by Churchill) and John Reith's nascent British Broadcast Company, now known as the BBC.

The production will feature designs by Laura Hopkins, sound design by Ben and Max Ringham, lighting design by Howard Hudson, video design by Andrzej Goulding, movement by Scott Graham, and music by Gary Yershon. Casting is by Anna Cooper.

Thorne is best known to Broadway fans for writing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, along with a recent adaptation of A Christmas Carol. His extensive screen credits (His Dark Materials, National Treasure, and The Fades to name but a few) have also earned him five BAFTA TV Awards.

The Donmar is currently presenting Noël Coward's Private Lives through May 27. When Winston Went to War With the Wireless will be followed by the U.K. premiere of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's Next to Normal, running August 12–October 7 and starring Caissie Levy.


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