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Cahoots Theatre Company in association with Park Theatre presents the World Première of

Dead Sheep

by Jonathan Maitland

The Spectator

"Even those who reviled Thatcher will be moved, appalled and astonished."

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★★★★ Independent

 "Nallon is brilliant. It’s not just the voice that is uncanny, the walk, the glare, every gesture brings [Thatcher] back to life."

"There's nothing woolly about this debut play on Geoffrey Howe's historic savagery of Margaret Thatcher."

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★★★★ The Stage

"Powerful, superbly-acted backstage political drama" 

"Margaret Thatcher [is] terrifying as she manipulates and bullies her cabinet colleagues to turn them into her own puppets in a taut and absorbing new play, Dead Sheep."

"Dead Sheep is.. grippingly wrought in its depiction of the price of political loyalty and the cost of its betrayal."

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★★★★ Daily Mail

 "A brilliant political fracas."

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 ★★★★ Londonist

"James Wilby as Geoffrey Howe gives him a handsome, romantic edge not often accorded to politicans and makes the sub-plot of his solid and enduring marriage to determined feminist Elspeth (Jill Baker, spot on), deputy head of the Equal Opportunities Commision and a persistent thorn in the Thatcher flesh, both fascinating and endearing."

"In TV journalist Jonathan Maitland’s clever construction, the echoes in modern politics are deafening.... Well worth a visit."

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★★★★ Libby Purves, Theatre Cat

"the other actors nimbly, entertainingly narrate and take diverse roles: Graham Seed is a strong Gow, John Wark a mischievously lisping Brian Walden, and Tim Wallers a blustering Bernard Ingham and a gloriously camp, offensive Alan Clark, bringing whoops of delight from those with 25-year political memories."  

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"Dead Sheep functions best as sly, sprightly and unexpectedly pertinent comedy roast, with ironic predictions about breakaway Eurosceptics, inert Deputies and PMs swapping intellect for looking good on television. Maitland skewers politicians with Paxman-like efficiency: unlikely new foreign secretary John Major “doesn’t even go abroad for his holidays”. Numerous incisive cameos are punchily delivered by chameleon-like Graham Seed, John Wark and Tim Wallers; the latter’s Alan Clark, here a louche, lascivious snob, steals the show... a solid vote winner." Arts Desk

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"Spitting Image’s Steve Nallon as Thatcher's dignified performance subtly evokes Thatcher’s formidably cultivated emotional isolation and remorseless grip on the men around her. Even when Nallon isn’t on stage, you can taste in the air Thatcher’s extraordinary, icy power."
The Telegraph

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