2ND MAY 1997 by Jack Thorne

**** Daily Telegraph **** Times **** WhatsOnStage **** Metro 'a superb 90 minutes' **** Evening Standard ****Time Out Tue 8 Sep - Sat 10 Oct, 2009

nabokov and the Bush Theatre
in association with Watford Palace Theatre and Mercury Theatre Colchester

2nd May 1997. An historic victory. The Tories, 18 years in power, are defeated as New Labour sweeps into government. From the euphoria and despair, three deeply personal stories emerge.

Tory MP Robert prepares to attend the count. With defeat looming large, he fears becoming a forgotten man while his wife Marie counts the cost of her own sacrifice to politics. Lib Dem footsoldier Ian is no hero but party-crasher Sarah is determined to make him one. Best mates Jake and Will wake up to a new world order and try to memorise the cabinet before their politics A Level class. Jake dreams of Number 10. Will dreams of Jake.

A smouldering new play from one of Britain's most exciting young writers about escaping the past, seizing the present and owning the future.

2nd May 1997 on Tour

20 - 21 Oct Watford Palace Theatre
22 - 24 Oct The Mercury Theatre, Colchester
27 - 31 Oct The Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester

CLICK HERE to view our 2nd May 1997 trailer.

Please note that the performance contains smoking, nudity and some bad language.


What the papers say

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'Jack Thorne's 2nd May 1997 at the Bush Theatre takes us back to the night of Labour's General Election victory with profundity and verve'

'Full marks to the actors - Hugh Skinner and Phoebe Waller-Bridge - who are both bound to go far.?

Dominic Cavendish, Daily Telegraph

'Thorne's dialogue... is always brisk and to the point.'

'[Phoebe Waller-Bridge is] good, very good, very good indeed'

Benedict Nightingale, The Times


Direction - George Perrin
Design - Hannah Clark
Lighting - Philip Gladwell


cast includes

James Barrett
Geoffrey Beevers
Linda Broughton
Jamie Samuel
Hugh Skinner
Phoebe Waller-Bridge



Dates - 8 September - 10 October
Mon-Sat - 7.30pm
Previews - 8-12 September 7.30pm (£13 (£9 concs))
Saturday Matinees - 19, 26 September, 3, 10 October 2.30pm (£13)
Press Night - 14 September 7.00pm
Audio Described Performance - 22 September 7.30pm
Captioned Performance - 23 September 7.30pm
Price - £15 (£13 concs)
Running Time - Approximately 1 hour 30 mins