Mayor Culpa

As the West End run of Boris: World King comes to an end, here’s a collection of the reviews and accolades it received…

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The Johnson Also Rises

My latest comedy – BORIS: WORLD KING – is now up and running at Trafalgar Studios, where it is playing until 14 May. We’ve had great full houses already, but in a bizarre turn of events, Boris’s own mother and sister turned up last night to see the show!Evening Standard Diary mention - Boris World King

Apparently they enjoyed it, though I was rather nervous about their reaction to certain sections… Though Rachel Johnson always seemed like she was up for a laugh – especially one at Boris’s expense.

Whether they will report back and the blonde bombshell himself will turn up, only time will tell. But personally, I’m not used to the real-life subject matter of my plays getting quite so close…

At One With The World At One

TcVW5CJbI’ve just been commissioned to write a short piece for Radio 4′s The World This Weekend (the Sunday version of The World At One).

It’s about Boris Johnson preparing for his interview on the Andrew Marr show this Sunday morning. David Benson – from Boris: World King – will be stepping in to play the golden-topped outgoing Mayor.

You can hear it at the end of The World This Weekend, broadcast 1pm this Sunday, 6 March. I’ll post a link / extract below when it’s been on.

Update – here is a link to an extract from the piece on the Radio 4 website.

Plane Of Existence takes flight!

After many years of work with composer Matt Marks, my musical Plane Of Existence is finally receiving it’s first workshop staging – at the Pleasance in Islington, this Saturday 27 February.

The show is an existential musical-comedy, loosely based on Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder, which sees three runaways board a plane, only to discover three writers in Business Class with a strange connection to them.

This workshop staging is being directed by Yaz Al-Shaater, and stars Alice de Cent, Scott Ellis, Michael Grady-Hall and  Philippa Hogg. Produced by Three’s Company with the support of the Pleasance.

Boris: World King – West End transfer

Exciting news! I can now officially announce that Boris: World King - my satire about the (soon to 3be ex-) London Mayor from last year’s Edinburgh Fringe – is transferring to the West End this April.

It will be running at Trafalgar Studios, right on Whitehall and within spitting distance of the Houses of Parliament and Number 10. Is it the closest Boris will get to that street? We shall see…

It’s being produced by Three’s Company, KPS Productions and James Seabright – and I’m very grateful for all three for their work getting the production to this stage.

The show has a 4-week run, from 19 April – 14 May. Tickets are available here. Hope to see you there! (You too Boris!)

Austen Translation

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a playwright worth his salt must be in want of a spoof Jane Austen commission. temp_file20141028-16184-280utg

Well pop on your bonnets and whip out the barouche-box – that is exactly what has happened! Anonymous Is A Woman Theatre Company (for whom I did script work for Soulless) are in residence at the Arts Theatre in the West End this March and have commissioned me to write a Jane Austen spoof to present alongside the WWI drama F.A.N.Y.

There’ll be a healthy dose of dances, bridge, unwanted proposals and social immobility – but perhaps with a little paleontology thrown in for good measure. You can expect corset-breaking laughs both for fully-paid-up Janeites and those a little Lost In Austen.

The play is called Nonsense & Sensibility and runs at the Arts Theatre Studio 14 March – 3 April.

For more information and to book tickets – see https://artstheatrewestend.co.uk/whats-on/nonsense-&-sensibility/

The Johnson Also Rises

20150721-MF2_4307My new play BORIS: WORLD KING is now running the the Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Fringe.

It stars David Benson and Alice McCarthy, directed by Yaz Al-Shaater and is produced by Three’s Company and KPS Productions.

The show is going  down a storm – at this point it is sold out for the whole week to come. And it’s had some great reviews – a selection below…

 

★★★★  “David Benson is uncannily accurate… A very amusing show, with a bite in its tail, that surely deserves a London transfer.
London Evening Standard (Veronica Lee)

★★★★ “Written with equal parts flourish and focus, it nails both Johnson’s blustery charm and the steely way he uses it”
The Times (Dominic Maxwell)

★★★★★ “A giddy, silly and savagely satirical delight. Impeccable performances match impeccable writing in this unique take on one of Britain’s most unique figures.”
Broadway Baby (Rory Mackenzie)

A sensational five-star performance… Wow! A treat”
Gyles Brandreth

“The sharpest show I’ve seen on this year’s Fringe. The writing is beautiful and the delivery so exacting.”
Keiza Dugdale, Scottish Labour Leader (in The Times)

Satire as sharp as ever… A comic but accurate account of the rise and pratfalls of a politican whose career feels uniquely suited to slapstick dramatisation.”
The Guardian (Mark Lawson)

★★★★ “David Benson does a superb impersonation of Johnson, nailing his wild, stuttering mannerisms, and Crawshaw’s script cleverly allows BJ to hang himself with his own desperate need to please. A smart and unsettling piece.”
The Stage

★★★★ “Very amusing and highly recommended”
The Student Newspaper

★★★★ “Tom Crawshaw’s fine entertainment deserves to be seen by everyone.”
British Theatre Guide

★★★★ “Nothing short of hysterical… a fantastic, gaffe-a-minute show”
Frowning Magazine

“A rip-roaring hour… if you can get tickets, this is a show not to miss”
Iain Dale, LBC Radio

A Quantum Of Boris

article-0-19134FEE00000578-125_634x400This Monday and Tuesday – 9 & 10 March – the Pleasance are hosting a reading of my latest play Boris: World King.

Having tackled dead comedians in Not The Messiah, I’m having a crack at the most popular living comedian – Boris Johnson – political joker and joke politician. The show is for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe and follows Boris as he stages a show about his life… at the Edinburgh Fringe.

It’s being directed by Yaz Al-Shaater and produced by Kat Portman-Smith and Three’s Company.

The reading is at 7:30pm on Monday and Tuesday. And it’s free so there’s no excuse not to come along.

The finished piece will be staged at the Pleasance for the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe.