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- West End warms to fringe hit
THE MADNESS OF GEORGE DUBYA has extended its West End season until August 23. Justin Butcher's fringe hit opened at the Arts Theatre for a limited four week run but has been playing for over two months already.
Butcher's satire on the petty power games of Blair and Bush premiered at the tiny North London Teatro Technis theatre. The topical drama transferred to the Pleasance Theatre before making the leap to the Arts Theatre. Penned in just three days with a short rehearsal period, the play packs a political punch.
In retrospect Butcher's topical response to the allied invasion of Iraq boasts prophetic powers. The story takes inspiration from the cult film Dr Strangelove, featuring a lunatic US commanding general who sends nuclear missiles into Iraq and prompts President George Dubya and the British Prime Minister to stop their planes for fear of war.