In its first professional staging since an acclaimed 1951 premiere, Peter Ustinov’s largely forgotten play is about the mechanics of toppling governments, the pretences of war and the power of propaganda.

Wed 26 June 2013 - Sat 20 July 2013Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BD

A republic is poised to fall. The only remaining members of an unpopular government are its cynical Prime Minister and a naïve, emotional Foreign Secretary. The invading army has it’s boots upon the soil of this crumbling nation. Inside the cabinet office, toy soldiers and old icons of military glory veil the realities of war and bloodshed. Death, in a moment of truth was never so real.

The recent Arab spring that has swept up North Africa and the Middle East has powered the propaganda machines of domestic and foreign nations, sparking revolutions and toppling governments. As a military dictatorship rages with rhetoric and uprisings continue to gather pace, there couldn’t be a more timely revival for The Moment of Truth.

Directed by Rob Laycock

About the playwright: PETER USTINOV

Peter Ustinov (1921 - 2004) was one of the most gifted individuals of his generation: actor, director, writer, impressionist, journalist, essayist, satirist and raconteur.

Today he is mostly remembered for his performances in films like Spartacus, Topkapi and Quo Vadis and also his famous anecdotes. Sadly, his plays, despite being very popular at the time of writing have been forgotten.

The New Actors Company are reviving The Moment of Truth as part of their commitment to rediscovering forgotten theatre.

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