Tony Benn’s Diaries Brought To Stage At The Everyman

Photo: Robert Day
TONY’S Last Tape was a sold-out success when it premiered at Nottingham Playhouse in 2015, followed by a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe the same year. Based on the famous political diaries of Tony Benn, one of Britain’s most respected, celebrated and controversial politicians, Tony’s Last Tape examines the struggle of a man who realises that maybe it is time to withdraw from the fight, to let others take over, but just doesn’t quite know how. The production runs at the Everyman from Thursday 22 September to Saturday 24 September. With the Labour Party Conference set for Liverpool in September, the Everyman presents Nottingham Playhouse’s portrait of one of the party’s most recognisable figures of the last century. The production is written by Andy Barrett and examines the long and eventful times of Tony Benn via the many personal recordings he made of his time in public service and political office. It is directed by Giles Croft, whose production of The Kite Runner achieved great acclaim at the Liverpool Playhouse in 2013 and during its subsequent tour. Tony Benn is portrayed by Philip Bretherton who is perhaps best known for his role as Alistair Deacon in As Time Goes By (BBC). Philip’s other credits include Coronation Street (ITV) and Season’s Greetings at the Liverpool Playhouse. Once dubbed ‘The most dangerous man in Britain’, Tony Benn was a Labour Member of Parliament for 47 years. A vocal supporter of the National Union of Mineworkers, chairman of the Labour Party, and president of the Stop the War coalition from 2001 up until his death in 2014. He became a stalwart of the left supporting national minimum wage, LGBT movements and was a regular speaker at Glastonbury Festival. Dates:                                                 Thursday 22 September to Saturday 24 September Times:                                                 7:30pm Matinees:                                           Saturday 24th September, 2:00pm Tickets:                                               £9.50 – £18.50* Box Office:                                         0151 709 4776 Online booking (24-hour):            www.everymanplayhouse.com *A single transaction fee of £2 applies to all phone, counter and internet bookings. Cash payments are exempt from any transaction fees.