What was Cherie Blair thinking during the New Labour years? Has her contribution to Tony Blair’s success ever been fully acknowledged? Cherie – My Struggle provides an intimate look at a remarkable woman. Time to get booking!
Cherie – My Struggle, the new stage play by Spectator parliamentary sketch writer Lloyd Evans, premiered in a try-out run at London’s White Bear Theatre last July before a run at the Edinburgh Festival and dates at the Hen & Chickens Theatre, near the Blairs’ old home in Islington. It now returns to the White Bear, running for four performances only from 12 to 15 February 2020 ahead of a planned UK tour.
Cherie – My Struggle is an intimate, gossipy memoir recounting an amazing personal journey from an obscure Liverpool convent to the epicentre of power in Downing Street.
Barrister, mother, prime ministerial consort and all-round superwoman, Cherie Blair has never received the appreciation she deserves. She was by far the most talented ‘other half’ ever to occupy 10 Downing Street, and yet she was constantly attacked in the press.
Before Cherie arrived, the PM’s spouse was a marginal or anonymous figure. She put the role on the world stage. In this new political drama, she comes across as a warm, smart, clear-headed working mum, fiercely loyal to her family and to her party.
She recounts the chief events of the New Labour years, from the landslide victory of May 1997 to the calamity of the Iraq war in 2003. And she delivers her uncensored reflections on the Queen, Margaret Thatcher, Princess Anne, Alistair Campbell, Carole Caplin, Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott and Gordon Brown.
In the one-woman play, Mary Ryder stars as Cherie, directed by David Verrey. Ryder says:
“People ask if the show is a hatchet-job – and it is, but with Cherie wielding the hatchet.”
Ryder’s other recent credits include The Governess, Dead, Relatively Speaking, Twelfth Night, The Norman Conquests, Romeo & Juliet, September in the Rain, A Kind of Alaska, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, The Country Wife and A Night Out onstage; and Hollyoaks, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Doctors onscreen.
Cherie – My Struggle runs from 12 to 15 February 2020 at the White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4DJ, with performances at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £10-£15. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!