The Patriotic Traitor (Press Night)

Published on: 26th February 2016

Bob&Co supported play ‘The Patriotic Traitor’ opened to the press last night to critical acclaim and 4* and 5* reviews.


The Patriotic Traitor is about two giants of history. It tells the extraordinary true story of Charles de Gaulle and Philippe Pétain, who loved each other like father and son but found themselves on tragically opposing sides in World War II.

Tom Conti stars as Philippe Pétain and Laurence Fox stars as Charles de Gaulle, alongside Niall Ashdown as Leon Blum / General Weygand, James Chalmers as General Le Gallet / Captain de Courcel, Ruth Gibson as Yvonne de Gaulle and Tom Mannion as Lord Halifax / Pierre Laval.

  • “…scintillatingly topical, beautifully written and magnificently acted.” ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Daily Mail
  • “The Patriotic Traitor is meaty and absorbing” ★ ★ ★ ★ Metro
  • “A gripping encounter between Pétain and de Gaulle” ★ ★ ★ ★ The Telegraph
  • “Especially timely.” ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ The Reviews Hub
  • “Conti gives a superb performance” ★ ★ ★ ★ West End Wilma
  • “ Laurence Fox perfectly portrays the strong proud and humourless de Gaulle” ★ ★ ★ ★ The Upcoming

Quentin Letts of the Daily Mail was particularly praising, saying “Mr Lynn, who also directs, artfully gives us a gallery of characters, from Vichy ministers to Lord Halifax.” Read more here:

In the Telegraph: “It’s a rare flash of wit from the military maverick in Jonathan Lynn’s sturdy historical drama about de Gaulle’s complex friendship with his war-hero mentor turned Nazi collaborator Philippe Pétai”


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