This late bloomer definitely has legs. The debut play by 91-year-old James Hugh Macdonald’s Happy Warriors has got both audiences and reviewers raving. The three-hander, centring on a wartime encounter between Randolph (son of Winston) Churchill and Brideshead Revisited novelist Evelyn Waugh, only has one week left in its premiere season. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite press quotes below. Now get booking!
When you make your playwriting debut at 91, there’s no time to hang about. Watch this fantastic interview with 91-year-old James Hugh Macdonald, whose first play Happy Warriors is currently premiering Upstairs at the Gatehouse: he’s got three more completed plays ready to go! (Don’t miss our special offer for £10 tickets to be in the audience for the filming of this acclaimed first one this Friday.)
Why is so much of the focus on young, up-and-coming writers? Happy Warriors is a brand-new play by 91-year-old, journalist-turned-debut playwright JamesHugh Macdonald, based on a real, wartime events involving novelist Evelyn Waugh and Randolph Churchill. The play receives its world premiere at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, where it’s being recorded this Friday for future broadcast. Learn more – and nab £10 tickets to be in the audience for filming!
Sadly, their current revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – the first major one in this country since its 1963 premiere – falls on the side of the fatally old-fashioned. Director Benji Sperring’s sure touch has seen him work wonders with shows like The Toxic Avenger but here, an inconsistency of tone and performance level means that it sits awkwardly on this august stage.