Fringe satire success Kingmaker for St James Theatre

Kingmaker. Image by Idil Sukan.
Kingmaker. Image by Idil Sukan.

It proved a huge sell-out success at the Edinburgh Fringe. Now Kingmaker comes to St James Theatre this September for a strictly limited run.

Writers Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky have teamed with one of the most respected actors of his generation to present a satirical tale of political intrigue, gamesmanship and ambition in the corridors of power.

Alan Cox is directed by Hannah Eidinow in Kingmaker, the story of a fictional yet strangely familiar political figure whose bumbling bonhomie disguises a fierce determination and a heart of steel (now who can that be?).

Former Mayor of London Max Newman is a seasoned politician, scruffy, energetic, seemingly chaotic immensely charming and very ambitious.

As the top job becomes vacant, Max knows his time may well have come. He needs to make his move but he also needs someone to stand against so it doesn’t appear to be a shoo-in.

Into the frame comes Dan Regan. Young and impressive, he has risen through the ranks very quickly but, some may say, he is a little naïve?

And then there is Eleanor Hopkirk, a seasoned Tory Whip who sees straight into Max’s soul and will do everything to stand in his way.

Is Dan a dupe, a decoy or Max Newman’s nemesis, can Eleanor do anything to stop the former Mayor and will Max’s comic and colourful past return to destroy him?

Set in a stuffy office in the House of Commons in a time quite close to the present, Kingmaker takes a sly satirical look at the ruthless game of politics and reveals a man behind a myth and a myth behind a man.

Kingmaker runs from September 25-27.

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