Dinner with Saddam
Steven Berkoff and Sanjeev Bhaskar star in Dinner With Saddam, a political farce written by Anthony Horowitz. Based around the narrative staple of an unexpected house guest, the production plays at the Menier Chocolate Factory until November 2015. Berkoff will play the infamous dictator.
Author of over forty books including the most recent Sherlock Holmes novels The House of Silk and Moriarty and the forthcoming James Bond novel Trigger Mortis, Horowitz is making his Menier Chocolate Factory debut. His previous theatre works include Mindgame, which played at the London Vaudeville Theatre in 2000. Berkoff is returning to the stage for the first time since his 2013 performance in Religion and Anarchy at the Jermyn Street Theatre.
Dinner With Saddam questions what would happen if the Iraqi dictator turned up on your doorstep to announce that he is staying for dinner. Political and personal issues are, of course, top of the menu, and a man is forced to host Saddam in his house in Baghdad as the 2003 allied bombing campaign begins. Saddam was known to move regularly between private homes whilst fearful of assassination attempts, and this play imagines the repercussions of that.
Directed by Lindsay Posner, the production will be designed by Tim Shortall, with Lighting Design by Howard Harrison, Sound Design by Gregory Clarke and music by Matthew Scott.
Cast includes Steven Berkoff as Saddam Hussein alongside Sanjeec Bhaskar, known for TV comedy Goodness Gracious Me and the West End’s Spamalot. Shobu Kapoor returns to the stage after five years, best known for her role in Citizen Khan. Additional cast members include Nathan Amzi (Urinetown), Ilan Goodman (Bad Jews) and Rebecca Grant (Seminar).
Horowitz has said he is casting a humorous light on the material, “I cannot see any way to write about the horror of Iraq except through comedy”.
Dinner With Saddam will play at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 10th September to 14th November. It officially opens 22nd September.