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The Patriotic Traitor

The Patriotic Traitor

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


Creative Team:

Writer: Jonathan Lynn

Director: Jonathan Lynn



Tom Conti

Laurence Fox

Niall Ashdown

James Chalmers

Ruth Gibson

Tom Mannion



Review Quotes:


“…scintillatingly topical, beautifully written andmagnificently acted.” ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The Daily Mail


“The Patriotic Traitor is meaty and absorbing” ★ ★ ★ ★



“A gripping encounter between Pétain and de Gaulle”  ★★ ★ ★

The Telegraph


“Especially timely.” ★★ ★ ★

½The Reviews Hub


“Conti gives a superb performance” ★ ★ ★ ★

West End Wilma


“ Laurence Fox perfectly portrays the strong proud andhumourless de Gaulle”  ★ ★ ★ ★

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