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Tony's Last Tape - Omnibus Theatre

Philip Bretherton in Tony's Last Tape. Photo credit: Robert Day.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

TONY’S Last Tape, based on the diaries of Tony Benn, runs at the Omnibus Theatre from April 2 to April 20, 2019.

There is no final victory, there is no final defeat.
Just the same battles which have to be fought over and over and over again.

An old man sits in a room faced with a collection of recording devices that he has collected over his long and eventful life. He opens a drawer, takes out a pipe, unscrews his flask and pours himself the first cup of tea of the day. For more than fifty years he has been recording everything that has happened to and around him, but today he has decided to make his last tape.

Award-winning playwright Andy Barrett and director Giles Croft (The Kite Runner) revive a timely play based on the diaries of one of Britain’s most respected, divisive and celebrated politicians.

After a sold-out run at Nottingham Playhouse, Philip Bretherton reprises his much-celebrated role as Tony Benn, revealing the struggle of a man who – having found himself no longer ‘the most dangerous man in Britain’ but something of a national treasure – realises that it is time to gracefully withdraw from the fight. If only it was that easy.

Andy Barrett said: “The timing feels right to bring Tony Benn’s story back to life. With a national debate about the kind of society that might be shaped ready to be unleashed once the Brexit dust settles, and the Labour party using the word socialism with increasing confidence, it’s clear that Benn’s time as a political thinker has come again. He’s as relevant now as he’s ever been.”

Tony’s Last Tape is designed by Rachel Jacks and has sound and lighting design by Martin Curtis.

Image: Philip Bretherton in Tony’s Last Tape. Photo credit: Robert Day.

Tickets: £16, £13 concessions. To book, call the box office on 020 7498 0544 or visit

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Sundays at 4pm.