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The Winston Machine

An unmissable new play from internationally-renowned theatre company Kandinsky.

7 & 8 March

From £10

The Round

Approx. 1h 30m (no interval)


At the height of the Blitz, Charlotte's in a passionate affair with a Spitfire pilot, fighting fascism in red lipstick and living each day like her last.

Eighty years later, Charlotte's granddaughter Becky is stuck in her hometown, singing old songs at other people’s weddings and dreaming of a better time. The 1940s are more real to Becky than her life - but when an old friend moves back to town, will she be forced to face the present?

The Winston Machine is the unmissable new show from internationally-renowned theatre company Kandinsky. It moves between the 1940s and the 2020s, between the past and its ghosts in the present, to ask: what happens when there’s no war left to fight?


“A typically probing and playful work from Kandinsky…shot through with music and mischief”

“Intriguing, fascinating”

“A slick, insightful and often very funny exploration of the distorting power of unexamined nostalgia”
The Stage

“Unmissable! Exceptional & innovative”
Everything Theatre

Age guidance: 14+


Director & Writer - James Yeatman

Writer & Dramaturg - Lauren Mooney

Co-designers - Joshua Gadsby & Naomi Kuyck-Cohen

Composer - Zac Gvirtzman

Produced by Kandinsky

Originally devised by James Yeatman, Lauren Mooney, Segen Yosef, Hamish McDougall, Nathaniel Christian & Rachel-Leah Hosker




7th March


From £10


8th March


From £10


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Re-sales & exchanges: We must have the ticket at the Box Office in order to perform a re-sale or exchange. We regret we cannot refund money but four or more days prior to the performance we will exchange it for an alternative performance, within three days of the performance we will attempt to re-sell the ticket on your behalf. Both services are subject to a charge of £1.50 per ticket. Latecomers: Anyone arriving once the performance has begun will not be admitted until a suitable break which, on occasion, may be the interval. Content: Where possible we do indicate if strong language and/or adult content is used. Customers are advised to contact the Box Office with any concerns before booking tickets. Please note: the re-sale of tickets is prohibited.

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