★★★★ ”Often plays think they are better than they are that it is refreshing to see one that is better than it thinks. Southwark Playhouse’s revival of Ustinov’s witty, light and largely forgotten play, The Moment of Truth is one with more insight into the effect of conflict on the human condition than any number of recent dour slogs that masquerade as serious political theatre. Laycock’s production is both well pitched and well paced’ Exeunt

★★★★ ‘Much comedy to be enjoyed… the acting in this play is sublime’ FourthWall

In its first professional staging since an acclaimed 1951 premiere, Peter Ustinov’s largely forgotten play is about the mechanics of toppling governments, the pretences of war and the power of propaganda.

A republic is poised to fall. The only remaining members of an unpopular government are its cynical Prime Minister and a naïve, emotional Foreign Secretary. The invading army has it’s boots upon the soil of this crumbling nation. Inside the cabinet office, toy soldiers and old icons of military glory veil the realities of war and bloodshed. Death, in a moment of truth was never so real.

The recent Arab spring that has swept up North Africa and the Middle East has powered the propaganda machines of domestic and foreign nations, sparking revolutions and toppling governments. As a military dictatorship rages with rhetoric and uprisings continue to gather pace, there couldn’t be a more timely revival for The Moment of Truth.

Cast and Creative
Creative Team

Rob Laycock

Lighting Designer
Alex Marshall

Sound Designer
Matthew Tarbuck

Christopher Littlewood


Rodney Bewes
Mark Carey
Callum Coates
Toni Kanal
Damian Quinn
Miles Richardson
Daniel Souter
Bonnie Wright

Post Show Events

Saturday, 13 July 2013

A post show Q&A with the cast and director will take place after the matinee performance at 3.30pm, starting at approx. 5.45pm.


A short interview with Tamara Ustinov and fellow actor Timothy West about Peter Ustinov’s life, work and the The Moment of Truth