Donmar Warehouse's upcoming world premiere of Jack Thorne's When Winston Went to War With the Wireless will be led by Stephen Campbell Moore as John Reith and Adrian Scarborough as Winston Churchill. Additional casting will be announced.
Katy Rudd is directing the production, running June 2–July 29 at the London theatre. Opening night is June 13.
Inspired by real events, the work takes place in 1926 Britain as a strike shuts down printing presses. A fight for news reporting emerges, between the government's The British Gazette (then edited by Churchill) and John Reith's nascent British Broadcast Company, now known as the BBC.
The production will feature designs by Laura Hopkins, sound design by Ben and Max Ringham, lighting design by Howard Hudson, movement by Scott Graham, and music by Gary Yershon. Casting is by Anna Cooper.
Thorne is best known to Broadway fans for writing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, along with a recent adaptation of A Christmas Carol. His extensive screen credits (His Dark Materials, National Treasure, and The Fades to name but a few) have also earned him five BAFTA TV Awards.
The Donmar is currently presenting Diana Nneka Atuona's Trouble in Butetown through March 25, with Noël Coward's Private Lives set to follow April 7–May 27. When Winston Went to War With the Wireless will be followed by the U.K. premiere of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's Next to Normal, running August 12–October 7 and starring Caissie Levy.