CHURCHILL, the play

It is March 1946. In the past year, Winston Churchill has led Britain and the Allies to victory in the European Theatre of World War II. He has also shockingly been defeated for re-election as Prime Minister. Sitting in forced retirement with his wife Clementine at their Chartwell home, Churchill receives an invitation from President Harry Truman to speak in the States…at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, where he will deliver his legendary, emphatic “Iron Curtain” speech. He arrives in Fulton to an informal and esoteric gathering of friends and supporters, and shares his life in flashback and in storytelling.

Experience the man who famously proclaimed, "I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter..." In Churchill the influential Nobel Prize laureate discusses his failures and his successes; his love of art, liquor and women; and the bravery of Britain's finest hour.

Churchill at the Greenhouse played to sold-out houses and was extended several times which eventually warranted an unprecedented move downstairs to the larger proscenium theater at the Greenhouse where it continued to play to sold-out houses and multiple extensions. From a producing standpoint, an initial investment of $20,000 translated into $300,000 in ticket sales over the 14 week run at the Greenhouse.

After the Chicago triumph, Churchill opened a successful run off-Broadway, at the Shubert owned New World Stages beginning in February. The originally limited run was immediately extended an additional eight weeks due to ticket demand. It wasn’t long till it was extended yet again till mid July. After garnering favorable reviews and attention from publishers, licensing groups and touring agencies, Churchill closed its New York production on July 12. The production was immediately invited back to Chicago for a return engagement at the Greenhouse, where it was nominated and won the Jeff Award for Best Solo Performance.
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