Pip Utton: Playing Maggie

Saturday 30th September, 7.30 pm. 
A one man show fully in character as Margaret Thatcher! This show comes highly recommended.

Not merely a reflection on how to portray this lady but a live audience with Margaret Thatcher. Pip Utton IS The ‘Iron Lady’! Saviour or witch? Love her or hate her? Not for Pip to decide, only to portray. She divided the nation like no other politician, she changed the face of British, and perhaps world, politics forever and the effects of her influence and policies are still felt today. Listen to her philosophies, her inspiration and her logic, and then take the chance to question her.

Pip Utton is a Fringe legend and is known throughout the world for his spellbinding portrayals of Adolf, Churchill, Dickens, Casanova, Chaplin, Hancock and many others. ‘Maggie’ is probably Pip’s greatest challenge yet. Pip not only becomes Margaret Thatcher but risks taking audience questions, and answering them as Maggie!

For ‘Playing Maggie’:
WINNER: The Stage Special Award for Acting Excellence 2015
WINNER: Fringereview.co.uk Award for Outstanding Theatre 2015

“The one-man theatre performance is a staple of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, whether it be a man or a woman on stage. Although it looks easy, it’s a mercurial and hard art to master. If there were a shortlist of the greatest Fringe performers of this craft, Pip Utton would sit in that uppermost cadre.” British Theatre Guide *****

“Pip Utton is clearly a craftsman who knows how to work an audience and to take them with him on a journey… There should not be any empty seats in the theatre when Pip Utton is on stage.” Broadway Baby *****

“…we see the actor playing Maggie and the cryptic letter he receives and then we are treated to a Tour De Force as his Maggie opens up questions to the audience. Be under no doubt, Pip knows his stuff and whether it is questions on Trump and May or Dutch coal, he/she always answers and answers in so many different ways. As one would have expected of Maggie. The show concludes as the actor reflects on his early life in a colliery town and why “Maggie” drove a wedge. It was a poignant end to a very powerful piece.
Pip Utton is a beautiful actor, in such command of both word and expression. He is almost an actor born of previous age and we should cherish and celebrate that. We look forward to more characterisations in the future.” The Edinburgh Reporter ****

“The mannerisms, the voice, the appearance, the immense and detailed research were all strikingly noteworthy but what I, as an actor, couldn’t believe I was seeing was the heart. The heart of Mrs Thatcher, the essence. Answering questions from the audience from politics to poetry, to her “wicked” lack of humour, she was ever present, entirely consistent, immensely funny and absolutely real.”  FringeReview

“almost completely unscripted …masterfully evokes the voice and thoughts of Margaret Thatcher”  The Stage

Tickets: £8 full, £7 concessions (senior citizens, students & benefit claimants), £5 children (under 16), £21 family (2 adults & 2 children). Suitable ages: 14+. Available from events@klvh.org, 01249 750362 or Langley Fitzurse School Office   (9 – 12 weekdays, during term-time). Payment can be made by bank transfer (send details to events@klvh.org) or by cash or cheque.

Bar and doors open: 7 pm.


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