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William Gaunt


by John Galsworthy

Minerva Theatre



Striking drama. More than a century old and as relevant and vivid as anything we have today


‘It’s this infernal three-cornered duel - the Union, the men, and ourselves.'

1909. South Wales. There is snow on the ground at the Trenartha Tinplate Works, and the furnaces too are cold. The men are on strike, and the community is close to breaking point.

Amid this bleak winter, the company’s directors have made the journey from London to try and reach a solution and restart production. Fearing their plummeting share price, most board members are keen to reach a compromise, but the Chairman, old John Anthony, is resolute and hard as iron.

The men are behind their firebrand leader, Roberts, but the union has withdrawn its support and it is only a matter of time before the men do too.

More than a hundred years after it was first performed, Galsworthy’s rarely staged play offers a strikingly balanced account of the political spectrum and speaks with directness to our present moment.

Bertie Carvel makes his directorial debut at Chichester. As an actor, his recent roles include Yank in The Hairy Ape (Old Vic), Jonathan Strange in Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (BBC) and the deceitful husband in Doctor Foster (BBC). He originated the role of Miss Trunchbull in Matilda The Musical (RSC).

William Gaunt returns to Chichester as John Anthony. He most recently appeared here in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and The Cherry Orchard, while other recent theatre includes Richard II (Shakespeare's Globe) and King Lear and The Seagull with the RSC.



The evening comes with stirring oratory, fizzing anger and finally tragedy. Director Bertie Carvel’s impressive debut includes a socking visual emblem of the fiery moral passion at the heart of this riveting Edwardian classic

Mail on Sunday

A gripping moral melodrama

Sunday Times

Striking drama. More than a century old and as relevant and vivid as anything we have today


Actor Bertie Carvel's impressive debut


William Gaunt gives a masterfully understated performance


A brave and though-provoking play

Sunday Express

Cast & Creatives


William Gaunt

John Anthony

Lucy Black

Annie Roberts

Antony Bunsee

Oliver Wanklin and Brown

Jason Cheater

Henry Tench and Evans

Louise Collins

Mrs Bulgin and Housemaid

Tomos Eames

George Rous

Julian Firth

Frederick Wilder and Davies

Michael Hodgson

Simon Harness

Simon Holland Roberts

John Bulgin

Ian Hughes

David Roberts

Trudi Jackson

Mrs Yeo

Rhys Meredith

Francis Underwood and Jago

Mark Quartley

Edgar Anthony and Henry Rous

Madhav Sharma

William Scantlebury and Lewis

Rosie Sheehy

Madge Thomas

Nicola Sloane

Frost and Mrs Rous

Cameron Sutherland

Jan Thomas

Lizzy Watts

Enid Underwood

Gwyn Vaughan Jones

Henry Thomas

Creative Team

Bertie Carvel


Robert Jones


Rick Fisher

Lighting Designer

Fergus O'Hare

Sound Designer

Penny Dyer

Voice and Dialect Coach

Bret Yount

Fight Director

Charlotte Sutton

Casting Director


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Running Time
approx 2 hours and 15 minutes including interval