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The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson review – satire fails to skewer

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Churchill, Blair and Thatcher drop in on Jonathan Maitland’s vacillating hero, but the jokes fall flat in this topical comedyThe problem with creating a play about Boris Johnson is that it reinforces his inflated sense of his own importance. Jonathan Maitland’s topical satire has a few good gags and sharply improves in its futuristic second half but, while suggesting that Johnson is a vacillating opportunist, it leaves its subject unskewered and adds to the media infatuation with a so-called “character”.Maitland’s first half takes place at a dinner party chez Johnson in February 2016 when the host was pressed into making a decision, not least by Michael Gove, about his attitude to Europe. Unlike Steve Waters’ Limehouse, which dealt with a similar gathering leading to the formation of the SDP, the play tells us little new. There is a good deal of functional dialogue on the lines of “Dominic Cummings? Isn’t he the mastermind of the Leave campaign?” Continue reading…

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Author : Michael Billington

Publish date : 2019-05-14 10:00:57

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