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Park Theatre presents the World Premiere of

Winner's Curse

By Daniel Taub with Dan Patterson

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Directed by Jez Bond


Making war is a dirty business. So is making peace.   

Two countries are locked in battle over a strip of land when a fragile ceasefire provides a chance for peace. Over the negotiating table, cynical diplomats, idealistic peacemakers and meddling mediators try to navigate a perilous path to agreement as the threat of continued conflict looms ever larger.  

Helmed by the presenter Clive Anderson, and written by experienced diplomat Daniel Taub (former ambassador and Middle East peace negotiator) with comedy writer/producer Dan Patterson (Mock the Week, Whose Line is it AnywayThe Duck House), Winner’s Curse is a brand-new show that combines humour and audience interaction to take you behind the scenes of a high stakes international peace talk.

For this world premiere, Clive is joined by a terrific cast of Winnie Arhin (Big Girl Words, Shine Black), Arthur Conti (Machinal, Crazy For You), Greg Lockett (The Mousetrap, The Boys in the Band), Michael Maloney (All Creatures Great and Small, Magpie Murders, The Trial of Christine Keeler, The Crown), Nichola McAuliffe (The English) and award-winning actor and founder of Northern Broadsides, Barrie Rutter.



★★★★ “A gripping and refreshingly original interactive show” Time Out

★★★★ "A lesson in empathy... dynamically directed by Jez Bond" Daily Telegraph

★★★★ “A genre-defying, bracingly original piece that at its best recalls early career Stoppard with its dazzling mixture of elegant intellectualism, elevated language and low comedy” What's On Stage

★★★★ "Funny, thought-provoking and well worth negotiating a ticket” Time Out

★★★★ "Rumbustiously funny. The performances delight – a richly enjoyable piece of theatre" What's On Stage

★★★★ "A fantastic night of entertainment, with wonderful comedy, incredibly clever writing and a superbly stellar cast" London Theatre Reviews

★★★★ "Clive Anderson is just a pleasure to be in the company of. He's being his charming, endearing self" The Spy in the Stalls

"The key to making this panto-like material work is perfect timing and a light touch, and these Arthur Conti has in bucketloads. His deadpan delivery and self-possessive are impressive in one making his stage debut" The Arts Desk


Please note nuts are used on stage during this performance. 


Photo and Trailer: Piers Foley
Artwork: Snow Creative
Production photography: Alex Brenner