Party Games!

An Yvonne Arnaud Original Production

Party Games!

By Michael McManus | Directed by Joanna Read


This is the UK 2026, John Waggner newly elected leader of the hastily formed centrist One Nation Party presides over a hung parliament, a discontented electorate and striking cheese makers.

He and his power-hungry MPs must cling onto authority through whatever shaky means possible. Can one man, a Svengali spin doctor and some dodgy data unite the country? And what role can his wife, the King and a large spider play in keeping the lights on?

This hilariously acerbic new comedy by Michael McManus, the writer of Maggie & Ted, puts leadership on the ledge and goes inside the chaos of government to see whether advisers do advise and if ministers can decide.

Matthew Cottle Headshot

Starring - Matthew Cottle

Star of The Windsors (Channel 4), Game On (BBC2) and know to Yvonne Arnaud audiences for recent performances in Mrs Warren's Profession (Theatre Royal Bath).

Read’s production hits all the right comic notes

The Stage (On Sheila's Island in 2022)

Creative Team

Written by Michael McManus

Directed by Joanna Read

Designed by Francis O’Connor

An Yvonne Arnaud Theatre production.

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Venue: Main House

Running Time: Approximately 2 hour 10 mins including a 20 min interval

Show Times

Thu 2 - Sat 11 May 2024
(Excl Sun 5 & Mon 6)

Evenings, 7.30pm

Sat 4, Thu 9 & Sat 11 May Matines, 2.30pm


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Advisory Info

Ages 12+, contains swearing.

Captioned Performance TBC