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In its first professional staging since an acclaimed 1951 premiere, Peter Ustinov’s largely forgotten play is about the mechanics of toppling governments, the pretences of war and the power of propaganda.

A republic is poised to fall. The only remaining members of an unpopular government are its cynical Prime Minister and a naïve, emotional Foreign Secretary. The invading army has it’s boots upon the soil of this crumbling nation. Inside the cabinet office, toy soldiers and old icons of military glory veil the realities of war and bloodshed. Death, in a moment of truth was never so real.

The recent Arab spring that has swept up North Africa and the Middle East has powered the propaganda machines of domestic and foreign nations, sparking revolutions and toppling governments. As a military dictatorship rages with rhetoric and uprisings continue to gather pace, there couldn’t be a more timely revival for The Moment of Truth.


Bonnie Wright - (Harry Potter), making her stage debut in the role of 'The Girl'.
Rodney Bewes - (The Likely Lads, Dear Mother...Love Albert) also stars as 'The Marshal'.
Other cast includes Callum Coates, Mark Carey, Toni Kanal, Damian Quinn, Miles Richardson and Daniel Souter.

Directed by Robert Laycock
Designed by Alex Marker


Southwark Playhouse
77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD

26 June - 20 July 2013
All previews only £10. £16 (£14 concessions)
Show starts at 8pm
3.30pm matinees