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Bob Benton and Daniel Brodie for DB Productions in association with Park Theatre present the World Premiere of

The Patriotic Traitor

by Jonathan Lynn

Leon Blum / Pierre Laval | Niall Ashdown 
General Le Gallet / Captain de Courcel | James Chalmers
Philippe Pétain | Tom Conti
Charles de Gaulle | Laurence Fox
Yvonne de Gaulle | Ruth Gibson 
Lord Halifax / General Weygand | Tom Mannion


Leon Blum / Pierre Laval | Niall Ashdown 

Theatre credits include: Tristan and Yseult (Kneehigh Theatre/US Tour), Impropera (Kings Place); Never Try This At Home (Birmingham Rep/Told By An Idiot); Public Enemy, Annie Get Your Gun (Young Vic); Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Bolton Octagon); The Ratcatcher of Hamelin, The 1966 World Cup Final, The Man Who Would Be Sting, Hungarian Bird Festival, Animo (BAC); Lifegame (Imbrobable Theatre/International Tour); The Hunchback of Notre Dame (West Yorkshire Playhouse); An Evening With Gary Lineker (Duchess Theatre); Improbable Tales (Nottingham Playhouse). He is a regular guest with The Comedy Store Players, Paul Merton’s Impro Chums and Ross Noble and Friends.

Television includes: Dark Angel, Parents, Outnumbered, The Littlest Boho, After You’ve Gone, Angel Cake, Barking, Royalty Bloopers, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Confessions, Drop The Dead Donkey.

Radio includes: The Arabian Nights, Tunnel Vision, Hungarian Birdsong, Losers, The Motion Show, The Worriers, The Treatment, The Back Page, Life, Death and Sex, Kalangadog Junction, North-East of Eden.

Writing includes: Nick Hancock’s World of Sport, Losers, Barking, The Treatment, Good Cop / Bad Cop, Speaking Volumes, Confessions.

General Le Gallet / Captain de Courcel | James Chalmers 

James trained at LAMDA.

Theatre credits include: Tamar’s Revenge, The Dog in the Manger, Pedro the Great Pretender, House of Desires, Trouble and Wonder, The Irish Play (RSC, Madrid and West End); An Evening of High Drung and Slarrit, America Hurrah, A Resounding Tinkle, I Love Satan (Royal Court); The Lie/It Is There, Measure for Measure (RNT Studio); Othello, Richard III (Guildford Shakespeare Company); The War in Heaven (Rose Theatre); The Daughter In Law (Watford Palace Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Northcott Theatre); Warm, If So Then Yes, (Presence Theatre); Sleeping Around (Jermyn Street Theatre); The Code Breaker (Apollo Theatre Company), The Matchmaker (International Tour).

Television includes: The Vice, The Bill, Casualty, Doctors, EastEnders.

Film includes: Daisy, Within The Woods, The Good Life, Thin The Herd, The Rights of a Soldier, Overlord, Siren, Vocation, Monitor.


Philippe Pétain | Tom Conti 

Tom Conti is the holder of an Olivier Award in the West End and a Tony Award on Broadway for his performance in Whose Life is It Anyway? and was nominated for an Oscar as Best Actor for his role in Reuben Reuben in addition to two Golden Globe nominations.   He and Dame Judi Dench were recently voted the Most Popular Actors in the West End in the last 25 years. His debut novel The Doctor was published in 2004. His next one is recently finished.


Charles de Gaulle | Laurence Fox 

Theatre credits include: Strangers On A Train (Gielgud Theatre), Our Boys (Duchess Theatre), Treats (Garrick Theatre), ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore (Southwark Playhouse) and Mrs Warren’s Profession (Strand).

Film includes: W.E. directed by Madonna, Blackwater Transit directed by Tony Kaye, Elizabeth: The Golden Age directed by Shekhar Kapur, Becoming Jane directed by Julian Jarrold, Wasp directed by Woody Allen, The Last Drop directed by Colin Teague, South From Grenada directed by Fernando Colomo, Deathwatch directed by Michael J Bassett, Gosford Park directed by Robert Altman and The Hole directed by Nick Hamm.

Television includes: Lewis (nine series), Fast Freddie, Wired, A Room With A View, Miss Marple, Whatever Love Means, Egypt, Jericho, Colditz, Ad, BC: A Rock Opera

Yvonne de Gaulle | Ruth Gibson 

Theatre credits include: The Dead Monkey (Park Theatre); Theatre Uncut (Soho and National Tour); Intimate Exchanges (Mercury Theatre); The Kitchen (National Theatre); Portmanteau (Arcola Theatre); My Wonderful Day (Stephen Joseph Theatre, New York, and National Tour, nominated for Drama Desk Best Play award); Snake In The Grass, Life and Beath, Touchwood, Forget Me Not Lane (SJT); Man Of The Moment, Private Fears In Public Places (Theatre Royal, Northampton); Independent Means (Library Theatre, MEN Best Actress Award); Vieux Carre (Library Theatre); Anne Of Green Gables (Sadler’s Wells); After Mrs Rochester (Duke of York’s Theatre, Evening Standard Best Play Award); Blood Brothers (Phoenix Theatre); and Sonnets (Shakespeare’s Globe). TV credits include Babylon; The Littlest Boho; Doctors; Judge John Deed and The Culture Show. Film credits include Moomins On The Riviera and Good Girl Bad Girl


Lord Halifax / General Weygand | Tom Mannion

Tom trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Theatre credits include: All My Sons, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Bartholomew Fair, Much Ado about Nothing (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), An Inspector Calls (National Tour), The Ancient Secret of Youth and The Five Tibetans, The Price (Octagon, Bolton), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Globe), The Cherry Orchard (Sheffield Crucible), Hamlet (Old Vic), Coriolanus, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Julius Caesar (RSC), Art (Wyndham’s), Closer (West End), The Threepenny Opera (Donmar), Cyrano de Bergerac (National Tour).

Radio includes: Macbeth, Pericles, Birdsong, The Archers.

Television includes: Inside Men, Spooks, Taggart, Life on Mars, Hustle, Lip Service.