Bob Benton and Daniel Brodie for DB Productions in association with Park Theatre
The Patriotic Traitor is about two giants of history. It tells the extraordinary true story of Charles de Gaulle and Philippe Pétain, who loved each other like father and son but found themselves on tragically opposing sides in World War II.
This relationship, noble, comic and absurd, changed history: Philippe Pétain, a tough, uncompromising soldier who rose through the ranks to saveFrance in 1916 at the Battle of Verdun, and Charles de Gaulle, the aristocratic,academic, awkward and equally uncompromising soldier who led France to freedom when Pétain became a Nazi collaborator.
In 1945 de Gaulle had his oldest friend tried for treason. But was it as simple as it seemed? This extraordinary story is seen as Pétain waits for the verdict.
Dates: Previews: 17 Feb 2016, Press Night: 25 Feb 2016, Plays until: 19 Mar 2016
Writer: Jonathan Lynn
Director: Jonathan Lynn
“…scintillatingly topical, beautifully written andmagnificently acted.” ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The Daily Mail
“The Patriotic Traitor is meaty and absorbing” ★ ★ ★ ★
“A gripping encounter between Pétain and de Gaulle” ★★ ★ ★
“Especially timely.” ★★ ★ ★
½The Reviews Hub
“Conti gives a superb performance” ★ ★ ★ ★
West End Wilma
“ Laurence Fox perfectly portrays the strong proud andhumourless de Gaulle” ★ ★ ★ ★