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Pip Utton – Churchill (Pip Utton / The Assembly Rooms)

By | Published on Wednesday 7 August 2013

Pip Utton’s Churchill is for the most part relaxed, informal and on friendly terms with his audience. We see Churchill first as an old man awakened from his statue, not the renowned wartime leader we are more familiar with. This sets up a humorous, affectionate look at Churchill’s life, interspersed with facts, anecdotes and his famous witty remarks. When the moment comes for a more serious performance Utton delivers extremely well, creating poignant moments, particularly during the iconic ‘victory’ speech. The show deftly blends dry historical facts with personal details to show a well rounded character, who has a rich life that extends far beyond the figure we see in photos or indeed statues.

The Assembly Rooms, until 25 Aug (not 12), 12.00pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Elspeth Rudd]