Peter Morgan's new play, Patriots, comes to the West End for a limitied 12 week season from May 2023.
1991. The Fall of the Soviet Union.
With the dawning of a new Russia, there are winners and losers, and today’s patriot can fast become tomorrow’s traitor.
As a new generation of oligarchs fights to seize control, Patriots follows billionaire businessman Boris Berezovsky from the president's inner circle to public enemy number one.
BAFTA-winning Tom Hollander (The Night Manager; Travesties) will reprise his starring role Berezovsky, the ‘kingmaker’ behind Vladimir Putin, with Will Keen (His Dark Materials) also returning to play Putin, and Luke Thallon (Albion) as Abramovich. Further casting will be announced.
Patriots was a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award for its run at the Almeida Theatre.
Age Recommendation: 14+
This production includes reference to suicide, antisemitic language, the smoking of real cigarettes and strobe lights.
###Cast and Creative Biographies
Rupert Goold is Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre where he has previously directed Spring Awakening, The Hunt, Shipwreck, Albion (broadcast on BBC Four), Ink (also West End and Broadway), Richard III (broadcast live to cinemas around the world), Medea, The Merchant of Venice, King Charles III (West End, Broadway, UK and international tour) and American Psycho (also Broadway). He was Artistic Director of Headlong from 2005 until 2013 where his work included The Effect, ENRON, Earthquakes in London and Decade. Other theatre credits include The 47th (The Old Vic); Made in Dagenham (West End); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Almeida); Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre, West End and Broadway) and No Man’s Land (The Gate, Dublin and West End). He has twice been the recipient of the Olivier, Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Best Director. He was Associate Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2009 to 2012 and was Artistic Director of Northampton Theatres from 2002 to 2005. His feature film work includes Judy and True Story, and his other work on film includes the BAFTA nominated Richard II, part of The Hollow Crown, Macbeth for the BBC and Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III for BBC Two. He was awarded a CBE for services to drama in 2017.
Peter Morgan is an international award-winning writer for stage, screen and film. As well as receiving Oscar and BAFTA Award nominations for his screenplay for Stephen Frears’ The Queen starring Helen Mirren, Morgan won a host of international awards including, Golden Globe, British Independent Film and Evening Standard British Film Awards. The award-winning and Tony-nominated play Frost/Nixon received critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic before being adapted into a multi–Academy Award-nominated film of the same name. The film garnered five Oscar Award nominations, including Best Screenplay. Morgan's many other film credits include the award-winning The Last King of Scotland, The Damned United and Rush, directed by Ron Howard. His extensive television credits include The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries, the critically acclaimed The Deal – the first part of Morgan’s Tony Blair Trilogy (BAFTA Award for Best Drama) - The Special Relationship and Longford. Peter wrote the award-winning West End play The Audience, starring Helen Mirren and most recently, The Crown. A multi award-winning drama series, The Crown centres on the two power-houses of Buckingham Palace and No. 10 Downing Street.
Tom Hollander returns to the Almeida having previously appeared in The Government Inspector, Tartuffe; King Lear and The Judas Kiss. His other theatre work includes Travesties (Menier Chocolate Factory and West End – nominated for Olivier Award and Tony Award for Best Actor); A Flea in Her Ear (The Old Vic); Landscape with Weapon (National Theatre); The Hotel in Amsterdam, (Donmar Warehouse); Mojo (Royal Court); As You Like It (Cheek by Jowl). His recent television credits include The White Lotus; The Ipcress File; Us; Taboo; Doctor Thorne; The Night Manager; Rev; Any Human Heart. His film work includes The King’s Man; Bohemian Rhapsody; Mission: Impossible (Rogue Nation); About Time; In The Loop; Pirates of the Caribbean (II and III); Gosford Park.
Will Keen returns to the Almeida having previously appeared in Ghosts; Waste; Tom and Viv and Five Gold Rings. His other theatre credits include The Stepmother (Chichester Festival Theatre); Quartermaine’s Terms (West End); Hysteria (Theatre Royal Bath); Huis Clos (Donmar Warehouse); Macbeth and The Changeling (Cheek by Jowl). His television work includes Ridley Road; The Pursuit of Love; Temple; His Dark Materials; The Crown and Wolf Hall. His film work includes Operation Mincemeat; The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.
Luke Thallon returns to the Almeida having previously appeared in Albion and Nine Lessons and Carols. His other theatre credits include Camp Siegfried (The Old Vic); After Life (National Theatre); Leopoldstadt (West End); Present Laughter (The Old Vic); Family Voices and The Room as part of the Harold Pinter season (West End); Cock (Chichester Festival Theatre) and The Inheritance (Young Vic). His work for film includes The Favourite.
An epic and ambitious production
Tom Hollander excels in Peter Morgan’s incisive oligarch drama
Witty, thrilling battle of political wills
Tom Hollander delivers firecracker Boris Berezovsky lead performance
A brilliant drama from Peter Morgan
A barnstorming performance from Tom Hollander makes this a gripping human duel
A superior cast and an entertaining production
Compelling study of Russian dissidence
Unsettling political drama from Peter Morgan
Morgan writes with admirable precision
Tom Hollander gives one of the performances of the year
A compelling, thought-provoking piece on many levels
Drama of dissident’s life lost in the details