Little Wars - digital premiere

London theatre news: Tuesday 27 October 2020

Online - Streaming

Juliet Stevenson leads an all-star female cast in the digital premiere of Steven Carl McCasland's dinner party drama, Little Wars.
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Multi award-winning stage and screen actress Juliet Stevenson (Truly, Madly, Deeply; The Doctor, Almeida; Blindness, Donmar Warehouse) leads an all-star female cast in the online revival of Steven Carl McCasland's dinner party drama, Little Wars.

Previously workshopped Off-Off Broadway, the play gets its digital premiere, celebrating historical women of the 20th century, through an intimate, hilarious, and witty fly-on-the-wall glimpse into a nostalgic fiction based on truths.

Set in 1940s France, on the evening the country crumbled to Hitler's tyrannical rule, the play acts as a brutal reminder of the mistreatment of the Jewish people.

At a time when antisemitism is rife, gender politics are divisive, and LGBTQ+ hate crime has increased, it is a stark reminder that not much has changed.

Here's the trailer for the show ...

Directed by Hannah Chissick (Flashdance, UK & International tour; Pack of Lies, Menier Chocolate Factory) the new production will be filmed and made available to download and stream online, in collaboration with Southwark's The Union Theatre.

Ms Chissick said ...

"It is such an honour to work on this wonderful play about exceptional women, with such an extraordinary cast all coming together in support of other brave and courageous women."

The entire cast and creative team are raising money in aid of Women For Refugee Women, a cause that remains close to their values, and the underlying message of the play.

Notwithstanding the challenges of 2020, the producers believe that it is vital, now more than ever, to support causes such as this.

Alongside the streaming, GingerQuiff Media will be collaborating with Drink the iNK for a new pre-show conversation series, Open Creative Process, allowing audiences full-access into the creative process of making digital theatre - from start to finish.

Show listing information


Unites literary figureheads Gertrude Stein (Bassett), her girlfriend Alice Toklas (Russell), Dorothy Parker (Chazen), Lillian Hellman (Stevenson) and Agatha Christie (Thompson), with anti-fascist freedom fighter Muriel Gardiner (Solemani), in the most fantastical what-if dinner party imaginable.

Tensions are high and secrecy lingers in the air, but with libations flowing and the threat of World War II looming the guests are close to boiling point.


Linda Bassett

Debbie Chazen

Natasha Karp

Catherine Russell

Sarah Solemani

Juliet Stevenson

Sophie Thompson


Author: Steven Carl McCasland
Director: Hannah Chissick

Thomas Hopkins & Michael Quinn for Ginger Quiff Media Bailey Harris Kelly

Guy Chapman




From: Tuesday 3 November 2020

Closed: Sunday 8 November 2020


Standard: £10 + £2 booking


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