A lawyer and an improv expert have created a version of Brexit that’s guaranteed to be delivered as promised – can they make a better go of it than the current Westminster lot? After two sell-out runs, Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky’s hit political comedy returns to London’s King’s Head Theatre this summer with a new cast.
After the success of its 2018 premiere, Brexit, co-written by Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky, drags on returns to the King’s Head Theatre for a limited, three-week season, running from 11 June to 6 July 2019, with a press night on 13 June.
The year is 2020, and the 18-month negotiating period for Brexit is now in its fourth year with new Tory Leader and Prime Minister Adam Masters at the helm. He was the only candidate every Tory could agree on, and he has a plan to solve Brexit… if only he could remember it.
Written by Tom Salinsky, author of The Improv Handbook, and Robert Khan, a lawyer who has worked in Parliament, policy and politics, Brexit is a comedy play about maintaining frenetic inertia and going full speed reverse.
Actor, writer and comedian David Benson (Think No Evil of Us: My Life with Kenneth Williams, BBC’s Goodnight Sweetheart) takes on the role of Adam Masters. He is joined by returning cast members Adam Astill, best known as Luke Browning in EastEnders, and Thom Tuck, one third of comedy troupe The Penny Dreadfuls, as well as Margaret Cabourn-Smith (Alison in Miranda) and Jessica Fostekew (Claire in Sharon Horgan’s Motherland, regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist).
Tom Salinsky said:
“As all sides of the Brexit debate accuse the other of failing to compromise, this play hasn’t compromised on its predictions either. The play is set in the near future where the Brexit negotiating period has just carried on and on and on…. but in this script a new Tory leader and PM has also just been elected with a bold promise to break the Brexit log-jam. As a new Tory leadership election brews in real life, we’ve had great fun imagining all the ridiculous ways it might work out.”
Writers Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky met at university and have written together ever since. Together Khan and Salinsky co-written works include Coalition, Kingmaker and Impossible. They have also written numerous Doctor Who dramas for Big Finish, most recently Kingdom of Lies starring Peter Davison and Patsy Kensit.
Brexit has had two earlier sell-out runs. It premiered at the Pleasance Courtyard during the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, with a cast featuring Timothy Bentinck, Jo Caulfield, Hal Cruttenden, Pippa Evans and Mike McShane. After the festival, the production transferred almost immediately to the King’s Head in Islington with Lucy Montgomery, Adam Astill and Thom Tuck joining the cast.
Robert Khan read law at the Universities of Southampton and Cambridge and was called to the Bar in 1995. Since then he has worked variously in Parliament, policy and politics. From 2012 – 2018 he also served as the Islington Borough Arts Champion, serving for eight years as a London Councillor.
Tom Salinsky is the artistic director of improvisation company The Spontaneity Shop, co-author of the book The Improv Handbook and he teaches presenting, public speaking and storytelling for a wide range of corporate clients. He was in the cast for the improvised Radio 4 Drama A Time To Dance, which was nominated for a Sony Award.
David Benson (Adam Masters) is an English character actor, writer and comedian, most famous for his one-man show titled Think No Evil of Us: My Life with Kenneth Williams about the life and career of the late actor, for which he won the Scotsman’s Fringe First award in 1996, and for his television role as Noël Coward in the BBC comedy series Goodnight Sweetheart. He can also be seen in the recent movie Bladerunner 2049. His theatrical repertoire includes a wide range of Coward’s best known songs, performed in-character as Coward. When not touring in the theatre he can be found on BBC radio, playing all the character parts in the science fiction comedy series The Scarifyers.
Adam Astill (Paul Connell) graduated from Hertfordshire Theatre School with ‘The Most Promising Student of the Year’ award, which he finds odd as he doesn’t remember promising anyone anything. Theatre work includes: The History of Tom Jones; Maurice; The Picture of Dorian Gray; What the Butler Saw; The Secret Life of Humpty Dumpty; Scam; and Amadeus. Television includes: Coupling; Beast; Silent Witness; The Savages; Black Books; Believe Nothing; My Family; The Last Detective; Hollyoaks; All About Me; Hotel Babylon; The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard; Roman Mysteries; Casualty; Harley Street; Doctors; Monday Monday; The Bill; Mistresses, Secret Diary of a Call Girl; Holby City; Crime Stories; Father Brown; Law and Order UK; Toast of London; Birds of a Feather; New Tricks; Our Girl; Coronation Street; World’s End; Humans; Unforgotten; Guilt; Hetty Feather; Andy’s Safari Adventures and EastEnders. Film includes: Julie and the Cadillacs; Last Chance Harvey; Holy Water; Abroad; Bypass; JFK: Seven Days That Made a President; All the Money in the World; Rupert, Rupert & Rupert and Kill Ben Lyk.
Margaret Cabourn-Smith (Helen Brandt) – Theatre includes: Dick Whittington, The Half, John Finnemore’s Flying Visit, Di and Viv and Rose, Angus, Thongs and More Snogging, An Evening Of Telly – Live!, Psister Psycho. Radio includes: Sick (Kat), The Missing Hancocks, The Penny Dreadfuls – Don Quixote, John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme, The Missing Hancocks, The Pin. Film and TV includes: The Hustle, Holby City, Bucket, The Agency, Motherland, Catastrophe, Evermoor, The IT Crowd. Margaret is a team captain on comedy panel show podcast Do The Right Thing (Fuzz Productions), which recently won a Sony Bronze Award. She was also named as one of the top 50 Funniest Female Tweeters in the UK by The Huffington Post.
Jessica Fostekew (Diana Purdy) is an actor, comedian and writer. She starred in Motherland, Cuckoo and Three Girls most recently on BBC. She’s also in forthcoming feature films Official Secrets from Gavin Hood and Greed from Michael Winterbottom, as well as two more major TV dramas due out later this year which have to be a secret for now. She’s recently appeared on BBC R4’s Museum of Curiosity and new panel show from Sarah Millican: Elephant in the Room. She hosts her own podcast Hoovering all about scoffing food up and she’s a regular co-host of behemoth podcast The Guilty Feminist. In 2018 she did her debut stand up tour of her show The Silence of The Nans which, very happily, was a sell-out. She’s taking her new show Hench to the Edinburgh Festival this year and she’ll be touring it in early 2020.
Thom Tuck (Simon Cavendish) is an actor-comedian known for being one-third of comedy troupe The Penny Dreadfuls. As a stand-up comedian, he was nominated for the Best Newcomer award at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. His radio work includes The Penny Dreadfuls Present… alongside David Reed and Humphrey Ker, and the BBC Radio 4 series Thom Tuck Goes Straight-to-DVD. With The Penny Dreadfuls, Thom has created five full-length stage shows, two radio series and two one-off radio plays. On television he has appeared in Comedy Shuffle, The Wrong Door, The Supersizers…, Dick and Dom’s Funny Business and Mongrels. He runs two comedy nights: tom:foolery, which is an occasional stand-up night where all the performers are called Tom, Thom or Thomas and The Alternative Comedy Memorial Society which he books and co-hosts with John-Luke Roberts at the New Red Lion Theatre in Islington.
Brexit runs from 11 June to 6 July 2019 at the King’s Head Theatre, 115 Upper Street, London N1 1QN, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7pm and Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are priced £18.50-£27.50. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!