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Tue 21 - Sat 25 May 2024

Party Games


Starring Matthew Cottle. 

A hilariously acerbic new comedy by Michael McManus, the writer of Maggie & Ted, directed by Joanna Read. 

Starring Matthew Cottle (Chaplin, BBC’s Game On, ITV’s Unforgotten, BBC’s Citizen Khan and Channel 4’s The Windsors) as Prime Minister John Waggner and Debra Stephenson (Playing the Field, Bad Girls, Coronation Street, The Impressions Show and Dead Ringers) as Deputy Leader Lisa Williams. Party Games puts political leadership on the ledge and goes inside the chaos of government to see whether advisers do advise and if ministers can decide. 

This is the UK, 2026, John Waggner newly elected leader of the hastily formed centrist One Nation Party presides over a hung parliament, a discontented electorate and striking cheese makers. 

He and his power-hungry MPs must cling onto authority through whatever shaky means possible. Can one man, a Svengali spin doctor and some dodgy data unite the country? And what role can his wife, the King and a large spider play in keeping the lights on? 

Age guidance: Ages 12+, contains swearing 

Event Details

Ticket Information

£24 - £45

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Tue 21 - Sat 25 May 2024

7.30pm, 2.30pm

Runtime: Approximately 2 hour 10 mins including interval


New Theatre



‘Read’s production hits all the right comic notes’

- The Stage (On Sheila's Island in 2022)

‘a capacious warehouse for the best one-liners and anecdotes from McManus’s own observation’

- The Guardian (on Maggie & Ted, 2021)
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Tue 21 - Sat 25 May 2024
£24 - £45 per ticket