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Countdown to The King's Speech: Winston Churchill

With our much anticipated production of The King's Speech only a few weeks away, we present the first in a series of profiles of the real life characters you will see and the people who will be portraying them.

Where else could we start other than with the man voted No.1 in the poll of 100 Greatest Britons conducted by the BBC in 2002? Winston Churchill is a towering figure in British history and integral to the story we will be telling. But did you know that he was extremely accident-prone? As a boy, the young Winston suffered concussion and ruptured a kidney while playfully throwing himself off a bridge. Later on, he nearly drowned in a Swiss lake, fell several times from horses, dislocated his shoulder while disembarking from a ship in India, crashed a plane while learning to fly and was hit by a car when he looked the wrong way to cross New York’s Fifth Avenue. None of these incidents left him debilitated and he lived until age 90 before finally succumbing to a stroke.

Churchill will be portrayed by David Greenwood, a strong favourite with audiences for the many fine performances he has given in productions such as The Game's Afoot, And Then There Were None and 84 Charing Cross Road.

Performances will be at 7:30 pm on Thursday 16, Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May and tickets can be obtained from the Box Office by calling 01428 642161 or following the link

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