Union Theatre Plays Host To Little Wars

Staff Reporter (29 January, 2021)

In the most fantastical what-if dinner party imaginable tensions are high and secrecy lingers in the air


Bringing together six exceptional women, Little Wars unites literary figureheads Gertrude Stein her girlfriend Alice Toklas, Dorothy Parker, Lillian Hellman and Agatha Christie with anti-fascist freedom fighter Muriel Gardiner, in the most fantastical what-if dinner party imaginable.

Tensions are high and secrecy lingers in the air, but with libations flowing and the threat of World War II looming the guests are close to boiling point.

Multi award-winning stage and screen actress Juliet Stevenson (Truly, Madly, Deeply; The Doctor, Almeida;) leads an all-star female cast in the online revival of Steven Carl McCasland’s dinner party drama, Little Wars. Joining Stevenson will be Linda Bassett (Call The Midwife), Debbie Chazen (The Smoking Room;), Natasha Karp (The Kite Runner), Catherine Russell (What The Butler Saw) Sarah Solemani (Bad Education), and Sophie Thompson (Present Laughter, Old Vic).

Previously workshopped Off-Off-Broadway, this acclaimed play makes its digital premiere, celebrating historical women of the 20th century, through an intimate, hilarious, and witty fly-on-the-wall glimpse into a nostalgic fiction based on truths.

Set in 1940s France, on the evening the country crumbled to Hitler’s tyrannical rule, the play acts as a brutal reminder of the mistreatment of the Jewish people.

At a time when antisemitism is rife, gender politics are divisive, and LGBTQ+ hate crime has increased, it is a stark reminder that not much has changed.
Directed by Hannah Chissick.

Filmed at The Union Theatre. Dates: 1st – 14th February. Tickets: £13



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