From the diaries of Chris Mullin
Adapted for the stage by Michael Chaplin
With John Hodgkinson as Chris Mullin
Take a ringside seat and enjoy an insider’s view of the last and most turbulent decade in politics as the critically acclaimed and witty diaries of former MP for Sunderland South, Chris Mullin, are brought to the stage.
Following a sell-out run last year, Live Theatre & Soho Theatre bring Mullin’s witty and irreverent take on contemporary politics back to the stage, reflecting three worlds during a time of crisis and change – the febrile political village of Westminster, the flash points of Africa which he toured as a Minister, and the fragile community he served as an MP.
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★★★★ ‘John Hodgkinson takes centre stage superbly as Mullin… A great piece of satire with serious intent, subtly expressed.’ Morning Star
‘An enormously entertaining play…If you enjoyed the candour, lunacy and sense of fun of former Labour minister Chris Mullin’s diaries you will love Michael Chaplin’s pacy and hugely entertaining adaptation for the stage… Grab a ticket at the Soho Theatre while you can.’ The Spectator
★★★★ ‘Anyone with even a passing interest in how this country has been governed over the past 15 years is advised to walk on in.’ Evening Standard
★★★★ ‘Delivered slickly to the stage… a bit of a must, this’ Telegraph
★★★★ ‘(Chris Mullin) is played with wit, decency and Steve Bell-like wonky flair by John Hodgkinson… Hywel Morgan is the best Blair I’ve seen on stage… a satirically gifted cast’ Time Out
★★★★ ‘GRIPPING… A clever balance between political gossip, crises and Mullin’s rueful humanity… A gem.’ Times
★★★★ ‘The diaries have been adapted by Michael Chaplin into a fast-paced and very funny theatrical entertainment, in which Mullin
frequently appears to be a lone swimmer paddling against a tide of self-interest’ Guardian
★★★★ ‘Michael Chaplin’s spirited compression of former Labour MP Chris Mullin’s wickedly witty political diaries… Jim Kitson is jawsaggingly good as Gordon Brown… (Chris Mullin) is a rare creature in politics, unpolluted by power, uncompromisingly moral and exceptionally good company.’ Mail on Sunday
★★★★ ‘An extraordinary snapshot…the production is fast paced…The staging is smooth, the acting is strong and made me want to read the diaries themselves.’ Exeunt
★★★★ ‘A highly entertaining evening… a faithful, funny and affectionate portrait.’ Whatsonstage
‘Political theatre at its best.’ A Younger Theatre
‘Honest, funny and revealing – a great night out.’ The Stage
- Chris Mullin
- John Hodgkinson
- Noma Dumezweni, Tracy Gillman, Hywel Morgan, Howard Ward
- Chris Mullin
- Michael Chaplin
- Max Roberts
- Gary McCann
- Lighting Designer / Production Manager
- Drummond Orr
- Sound Designer / Technical Manager
- Dave Flynn
- AV Designer / Stage Manager
- Paul Aziz
- Costume Supervisor
- Lou Duffy
- Deputy Stage Manager
- Heather Robertson
- Mark Tolan
- CDG Casting
- Lucy Jenkins, Sooki McShane
What happened next?
A Walk On Part transferred to the Arts Theatre in the West End in June 2012.