It’s June 1944. Allied Forces stand on the brink: a massive army is secretly assembled on the south coast of Britain, poised to re-take Nazi-occupied Europe. One man stands in their way: Winston Churchill.
In this new film Churchill, audiences at the Torch Theatre, Milford Haven this July will see behind the iconic figure and rousing speeches: a man who has faced political ridicule, military failure and a speech impediment. An impulsive, sometimes bullying personality – fearful, obsessive and hurting. Fearful of repeating, on his disastrous command, the mass slaughter of 1915, when hundreds of thousands of young men were cut down on the beaches of Gallipoli. Obsessed with fulfilling historical greatness: his destiny.
Exhausted by years of war and plagued by depression, Churchill (played by Brian Cox) is a shadow of the hero who has resisted Hitler’s Blitzkrieg. Should the D-Day landings fail, he is terrified he’ll be remembered as an architect of carnage. Political opponents sharpen their knives. General Eisenhower and Field Marshal Montgomery are increasingly frustrated by Churchill’s attempts to stop the invasion. King George VI must intervene. Only the support of Churchill’s brilliant, yet exasperated wife Clementine can halt the Prime Minister’s physical and mental collapse.
According to Alan Jones in his review in the Radio Times, Churchill is a film that opens in striking style with the 70-year-old Winston staring at the ocean.
“He’s lost in the swirling sea of bloodstained memories of his disastrous First World War command, which culminated in mass slaughter. Fearful of repeating the same mistake again, he just can’t bring himself to sign off on the long-planned Operation Overlord, despite a million soldiers being poised for action on the south coast of Britain, ready to invade Nazi-occupied Europe.”
The untold story of Britain’s most celebrated leader, uncovering the true nature of Churchill’s herculean war-time status and his vital relationship with “Clemmie” – his backbone and total confidant…the love that inspired him to greatness.
Churchill can be seen at the Torch Theatre on Sunday, 9 July at 4.30pm and 7.15pm; Monday; 10 July at 7.15pm and Wednesday, 12 July at 2.30pm.
Tickets are: Full £7.40 / Concession: £6.40 and Family £23.00.
To book your seat, call the Box Office on (01646) 695267 or visit http://torchtheatre.co.uk/events/churchill/.