Dead Sheep by Jonathan Maitland
The true story of how Mrs Thatcher, once the most powerful woman in the western world, was brought down by her one time friend and political soul mate.
It is 1989 and a seemingly invincible Prime Minister has sacked Geoffrey Howe, her Foreign Secretary. She apparently had nothing to fear from him: his speaking skills had, famously, been compared to those of a dead sheep. But inspired by his wife Elspeth – whose relationship with Thatcher was notoriously frosty – Howe overcame his limitations to destroy Mrs Thatcher with one of the great political speeches. The staging of Dead Sheep, a drama tinged with tragedy and comedy, coincides with the 25th anniversary of Howe’s assassination of his leader.
Directed by Ian Talbot (former Artistic Director of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) with Steve Nallon (Spitting Image) as Margaret Thatcher.
Funny, poignant and insightful: the first drama to nail one of the most fascinating political stories of our lifetime. Beautifully captures the essence of Thatcher and the brutality of politics and elevates Howe to his rightful place in history.
– Elizabeth Day, The Observer