Nottingham Playhouse’s political drama ‘Tony’s Last Tape’ to embark on a UK tour this September


Based on the diaries of Tony Benn

by Andy Barrett

A Nottingham Playhouse production

Directed by Giles Croft Designed by Rachel Jacks Sound & Lighting Designer Martin Curtis

Starring Philip Bretherton as Tony Benn


★★★★ The Observer

★★★★ The Public Reviews

★★★★★ Big Issue

Based on the famous political diaries of Tony Benn, one of Britain’s most respected, celebrated and controversial politicians, Tony’s Last Tape, by Andy Barrett, examines the struggle of a man who realises that maybe it is time to withdraw from the fight, to let others take over, but just doesn’t quite know how. For more than 50 years, Tony Benn has recorded everything that happened to and around him, and as the years passed so the burden of this documentation has grown. Today he has decided to make his last tape…

Tony’s Last Tape, starring Philip Bretherton as Tony Benn, was a sold-out success when it premiered at Nottingham Playhouse in 2015, followed by a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe the same year. This September Tony’s Last Tape will embark on a UK tour taking in venues such as the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse to the Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Giles Croft, Director, said: “When we embarked on Tony’s Last Tape as a studio project in 2015 we couldn’t have foreseen how it would capture people’s imagination. The plan for a few performances in Nottingham has already expanded to include successful runs in London and Edinburgh before taking it on this national tour.  It’s a clear indication that Tony Benn’s story, Philip Bretherton’s terrific performance and Andy Barrett’s funny and moving script have combined to create a brilliant piece of theatre.”


Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield 20th & 21st September

Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatres, (at the Everyman), Liverpool, 22nd, 23rd & 24th September

Torch Theatre, Milford Haven, 26th September

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, 28th September

Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea, 29th September

Merlin Theatre, Frome, 2nd October

Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford, 4th October

Lincoln Drill Hall, Lincoln, 5th and 6th October

Gala Theatre, Durham, 7th October

Grand Theatre Studio, Blackpool, 9th October

Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton Upon Trent, 12th October

North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford, 13th and 14th October

Bridge House Theatre, Warwick, 15th October

Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, 16th October

Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, 17th October

Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 20th October

The Core at Corby Cube, Corby, 21st October


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