The Lion And The Unicorn by Robin Hawdon
Winston Churchill & Neville Chamberlain. It is on historical record that, on the evening of October 13th 1939, six weeks after war had been declared on Hitler’s Germany, the two statesmen – implacable opponents for years over the appeasement issue – met together with their two wives, Clementine and Anne, for a private dinner at Admiralty House.
Chamberlain was still Prime Minister, but had seen all his efforts to negotiate peace with Hitler shattered. Churchill had been recalled to the cabinet after ten years ‘in the wilderness’, his dire warnings of the Nazi threat vindicated.
It was the first and only time these four mismatched personalities ever met socially alone together. There is no record as to what transpired during that unique evening. This new drama imagines the events.
(Scheduled for a UK tour and London in 2020, until Covid interrupted plans. These will hopefully be revived once theatres open again.)
- WINSTON CHURCHILL aged 63
- CLEMENTINE CHURCHILL aged 54
- NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN aged 70
- ANNE CHAMBERLAIN aged 56
- INCHES the Churchills’ elderly butler
The main reception room of the ministerial apartment on the upper floors of Admiralty House. Spacious and elegantly furnished, but at the same time congenial and comfortable. Besides various other paintings, a large portrait of Nelson hangs prominently on one wall.