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A Modest Little Man

8th -12th April 
Wed - Sat 7.30pm | Sunday 4.00pm

A comedy about the creator of the welfare state
By Francis Beckett

May 1945. Britain celebrates victory and cheers Winston Churchill. The people who fought the war want a better world. But the Labour Party is led by a nonentity – “a modest
little man with plenty to be modest about.” He says almost nothing. He sits in his grey suit and puffs his pipe. One wit remarked: “An empty taxi drew up and Clement Attlee got out.”
How can the insignificant, passionless little Labour leader Clem Attlee possibly compete with Churchill?

What the critics said

"This is one of the most enjoyable fringe shows I have seen in ages"
"A very funny and at times moving account of Clement Attlee"
New Statesman
"Francis Beckett’s comic play, A Modest Little Man, offers a splendid illustration
of Attlee’s towering absence of ego"
Broadway World
"Beckett’s supreme achievement is to render all the affectionately drawn
key characters of the time accessible, engaging and inspiring"
Morning Star
"This is a thought-provoking piece that is distinctly aware of the importance
of remembering the past in difficult political climates"
"A terrific piece of work"
Alastair Stewart of ITN