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The Patriotic Traitor

Park Theatre, London (***)

© Helen Murray, Tom Conti (Petain), Laurence Fox (De Gaulle)

© Helen Murray, Tom Conti (Petain), Laurence Fox (De Gaulle)

Jonathan Lynn is best known as co-writer of the hugely successful Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister with Antony Jay. Comedy is clearly one of the weapons in his armoury and his account of the strained relationship between two major figures in modern French history, Marshal Pétain and Charles de Gaulle is nothing if not mischievously revisionist. Continue reading