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★★★★★ Three Weeks - "A gem of new writing"

★★★★     Fringe Review - "A terrific piece of theatre"

★★★★     Exuent Magazine - "Consistently entertaining and often hilarious"

★★★★     Hairline - "Freddie Machin gives a superb performance as  



Winner:        Best Actor at the 2012 Buxton Fringe

Nominated:  Best Production and Best New Writing at the 2012 Buxton Fringe - "The most engaging theatre I've seen this year"


It’s 1899 and escaped prisoner-of-war Winston Churchill is a fiendish spot of bother: lost in the African savannah, wanted ‘Dead or Alive’ and hounded by the scathing words of his dead father. Will he surrender, or fight on - whatever the cost? Experience the coming-of-age of Britain's greatest hero in this gripping true story of adventure, audacity and Imperial folly.


"There is only so long a young man will be regarded as having promise before it must be fulfilled. Now is that moment."  - Winston Churchill


A new solo-show written and performed by 2012 nominee for the Writer's Guild of Great Britain 'Best Play' award, Freddie Machin. Directed by John Walton, whose previous work includes the 2010 sensation Dr Brown Because (★★★★ in The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The List and TimeOut). Set, costume and lighting by the 2012 Off-West-End Award winning designer Martin Thomas.























Autumn Tour 2013


See below for map - interactive version available at




10 CHIPPING NORTON, The Theatre. 01608 642350


11 WELWYN GARDEN CITY, Hawthorne Theatre. 01707 357117


12 LEEDS, Carriageworks Theatre. 0113 224 3801


14 BRADWALL, Village Hall. 01270 759635


15 NANTWICH, Nantwich Players, 01270 624556


17 SWINDON, Arts Centre. 01793 614837


18 STAMFORD, Arts Centre. 01780 763203


20 HALIFAX, Square Chapel Centre for the Arts. 01422 349422


21 HELMSLEY, Arts Centre. 01439 771700


25 BROMSGROVE, Artrix. 01527 577330


26, 27, 28 GUILDFORD, Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud. 01483 440000





2 MARGATE, Theatre Royal. 01843 292795


3 BURY, The Met. 0161 761 2216


4 OTLEY, Courthouse. 01943 467466


5 WHITEHAVEN, Rosehill Theatre. 01946 692422


6 WYTHALL, Wythall House & Park. 01564 823281


9 SOUTHPORT, The Atkinson. 01704 533333


10 COWLEIGH, MALVERN, St Peter's Church, WR14 1QP. 01684 893858


11 CHURCH LAWFORD, Village Hall, CV23 9EE. 02476 542860


12 HOLLOWAY Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall, DE4 5AQ. 01773 856545


13 ECKINGTON, Recreation Centre, WR10 3AU. 01386 750305


15 HEREFORD, The Courtyard. 01432 340555


16 CHILMARK, Reading Room. 01722 717473


18 STOURBRIDGE, Glasshouse Arts Centre, DY8 4HF. 01384 399430


19 LONGBOROUGH, Longborough and Sezincote Village Hall. 01451 830944


22, 23, 24 COLCHESTER, Mercury Theatre. 01206 573948


25 COALVILLE, Century Theatre. 01530 278444


26 LONDON, artsdepot. 020 8369 5454


28 EXETER, The Bike Shed Theatre. 01392 434169


29 BARNSTAPLE, Queen's Theatre. 01271 32 42 42


30 FROME, Merlin Theatre. 01373 465949


31 SOUTHWICK, The Farmhouse Inn, 07540 938936





1 CHOLDERTON, Village Hall. 01980 6529473


2 DARTMOUTH, The Flavel Arts Centre. 01803 839530




We would like to acknowledge our immense gratitude to the following sponsors for making Winston On the Run possible:


Lewis Connor, Mark and Alice Walton, Cal McCrystal, Jim and Catherine Murray, Allan Machin, Lewis Connor, Jennifer Walton, Kikuko Emae, Arlene Machin, Sarah Llewellyn, James Uffindel and Rachel Spedding, Melanie Spencer, John Machin, Louise Richardson, Sebastian Hayes, John Hayes, Roy and Margaret Le Herissier, Joost Van Der Zwan, Dorian Needham, Martin and Anne Walton, Madeleine Baines, Lily Sykes, Thomas Marks, Jennifer Tan, Alec Machin, Emily Randall, Christine Bottine, James Wilson, Ed Le Quesne, Bob and Sue Kerley, Robert and Janet Copp, Adam Machin, Ian Nicholson, Jessica Davies, Mike Lesslie, Lynne Forbes, Katy Guy, Isabella Machin, Harri Grace, Jeremy Kerley, Victor MacGill, Ellie Stedall, Jennifer Lee, Felicity Davidson, Chloe Reddaway, James Branton, Daniel Barnard, Reg Noyes.


We would also like to acknowledge the support, assistance and advice of the following people and organisations:


Colchester Arts Centre, Action Transport Theatre, Jersey Arts Centre, Wilton's Music Hall, Diorama Rehearsal Space, Mercury Theatre Colchester, The Marlborough Theatre Brighton, The Underground Youth Centre, Hyde Housing, The Young Vic Theatre, Allen Packwood at The Churchill Archives, The Arcola Theatre, Edward Jaspers, Caroline Horton, James Seabright, Chloe Campbell, Connie Pang, David Shirley, Lauren Connor, Lynne Forbes and many others, to whom we are extremely grateful.


Created by Freddie Machin and John Walton

Perfomed by Freddie Machin

Directed and Produced by John Walton

Set, Costume and Lighting by Martin Thomas

Music and Sound by Harri Chambers

Print Design by Rebecca Pitt

Asssociate Producer - Katie Collier



Winston On the Run

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Photo: Rebecca Pitt

By British Government [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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