A Walk On Part: The Fall of New Labour

A Live Theatre and Soho Theatre co-production with New Writing North

A Walk On Part: The Fall of New Labour

  • Weds 21 March - Sat 14 April, 7.15pm (3pm Thu/Sat Matinees)
  • £15 - £27.50

★★★★ ‘Exhilarating… excellently performed… I cannot recommend it too highly.’ Guardian

A Walk On Part has now transferred to the West End – catch it at the Arts Theatre from 19 Jun – 14 Jul. Click here for more details

From the diaries of Chris Mullin
Adapted for the stage by Michael Chaplin
With John Hodgkinson as Chris Mullin

Take a ringside seat and enjoy an insider’s view of the last and most turbulent decade in politics as the critically acclaimed and witty diaries of former MP for Sunderland South, Chris Mullin, are brought to the stage.

Following a sell-out run last year, Live Theatre & Soho Theatre bring Mullin’s witty and irreverent take on contemporary politics back to the stage, reflecting three worlds during a time of crisis and change – the febrile political village of Westminster, the flash points of Africa which he toured as a Minister, and the fragile community he served as an MP.

★★★★ Guardian, Telegraph, Time Out, Times, Evening Standard, Mail on Sunday, Morning Star

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★★★★ ‘John Hodgkinson takes centre stage superbly as Mullin… A great piece of satire with serious intent, subtly expressed.’ Morning Star

‘An enormously entertaining play…If you enjoyed the candour, lunacy and sense of fun of former Labour minister Chris Mullin’s diaries you will love Michael Chaplin’s pacy and hugely entertaining adaptation for the stage… Grab a ticket at the Soho Theatre while you can.’ The Spectator

★★★★ ‘Anyone with even a passing interest in how this country has been governed over the past 15 years is advised to walk on in.’ Evening Standard

★★★★ ‘Delivered slickly to the stage… a bit of a must, this’ Telegraph

★★★★ ‘(Chris Mullin) is played with wit, decency and Steve Bell-like wonky flair by John Hodgkinson… Hywel Morgan is the best Blair I’ve seen on stage… a satirically gifted cast’ Time Out

★★★★ ‘GRIPPING… A clever balance between political gossip, crises and Mullin’s rueful humanity… A gem.’ Times

★★★★ ‘The diaries have been adapted by Michael Chaplin into a fast-paced and very funny theatrical entertainment, in which Mullin
frequently appears to be a lone swimmer paddling against a tide of self-interest’ Guardian

★★★★ ‘Michael Chaplin’s spirited compression of former Labour MP Chris Mullin’s wickedly witty political diaries… Jim Kitson is jawsaggingly good as Gordon Brown… (Chris Mullin) is a rare creature in politics, unpolluted by power, uncompromisingly moral and exceptionally good company.’ Mail on Sunday

★★★★ ‘An extraordinary snapshot…the production is fast paced…The staging is smooth, the acting is strong and made me want to read the diaries themselves.’ Exeunt

★★★★ ‘A highly entertaining evening… a faithful, funny and affectionate portrait.’ Whatsonstage

‘Political theatre at its best.’ A Younger Theatre

‘Honest, funny and revealing – a great night out.’ The Stage

John Hodgkinson, Noma Dumezweni, Tracy Gillman, Hywel Morgan, Howard Ward, Chris Mullin, Michael Chaplin, Max Roberts, Gary McCann, Drummond Orr, Dave Flynn, Paul Aziz, Lou Duffy, Heather Robertson, Mark Tolan, Lucy Jenkins, Sooki McShane

What happened next?

A Walk On Part transferred to the Arts Theatre in the West End in June 2012.


  1. great stuff, we enjoyed it. 'chris mullin' was impressive. our first visit to the soho theatre, i expect we'll be back for more.

    Said john pelling at 12:41pm on 22nd Nov 2011

  2. Saw the show last night. One of the best pieces of theatre I have seen all year. Brilliant intelligent script and cast. Wonderful... and what theatre is all about.

    Said Amanda jones at 19:59pm on 8th Dec 2011

  3. The cast were superb.They brought the diaries to life.the production has pace, drama, pathos, lightness and illustrated the powelessness of m.p's and junior ministers.Blair did not rise thro the ranks.He was dismissive of junior posts.They didn't count for much with him.They were baubles.He was much too busy with Brown and Bush.No, history will not judge him kindly.

    Said brian marlow at 00:05am on 9th Dec 2011

  4. This is the best thing I have seen in years. I wish it was on for much longer so I could send everyone I know to see it. Absolutely brilliant - I really liked the venue too. Can't recommend it highly enough

    Said frederika whitehead at 11:57am on 9th Dec 2011

  5. Excellent! Thoroughly enjoyable performance. Fantastic script and incredibly energetic cast. Well worth it.

    Said James Grigg at 14:12pm on 23rd Mar 2012

  6. I learnt a lot about the government at the time and thoroughly enjoyed the performances, in particular Howard Ward, his John Prescott was brilliant. Why is this not on for a longer run?

    Said Frankie Eldridge at 11:20am on 1st Apr 2012

  7. Great night at the theatre. All the cast were excellent. Will be returning to the Soho Theatre and recommending to my friends.

    Said Helen Edwyn-Jones at 10:21am on 6th Apr 2012

  8. Terrific stuff. Very funny and moving. I was dubious at first having seen so much thearte, TV drama and documentary on Blair and New Labour, but this was a genuinely original view. Hogkinson was excellent as the delightful and affable Chris Mullin, and the supporting cast did a great job. Throughly entertaining, thoroughly insightful.

    Said Bradley Middleton at 09:41am on 11th Apr 2012

  9. Saw this last night and it was brilliant - superb cast and John Hodgkinson as Chris Mullin was amazing.

    Said Nancy Platts at 09:39am on 21st Jun 2012

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