The Life of Tony Blair will be staged like a rock opera next year, featuring a cast of characters including Princess Diana and Saddam Hussein.
Tony! (A Tony Blair Rock Opera) will be presented at the Turbine Theater, Battersea Power Station in London, next February with lyrics by comedian Harry Hill.
Key political aides from Blair’s time as Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007 will also be represented, including his communications director Alastair Campbell, Councilor Peter Mandelson and Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.
Osama bin Laden, President George W Bush and Chancellor and Blair’s successor Gordon Brown will also appear as characters in the production, which is one of the many shows at MTFestUK 2021, which runs from 1 to 13 February.
The opera, which will take place from February 4 to 6, will tell the story of the life of the former Prime Minister and will play “quickly and freely with the facts”, according to the theater.
Blair was in her freshman year at Downing Street when Princess Diana died in Paris in 1997. Her tenure is remembered for the contentious invasions of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003, which led to the execution of Saddam, the country’s former president.
Paul Taylor-Mills, Artistic Director of Turbine Theater, said: “It is impossible to ignore the challenges and courage it takes to make any sort of announcement during these times.
“With all of this in mind, I couldn’t be more proud to be associated with the Turbine Theater and all that it represents, especially when it comes to investing and creating new works.
“It’s fair to say that MTFestUK 2021 will be our most diverse yet and I’m excited to present first-time authored musicals, alongside award-winning artists Tony and Olivier.
This is not the first production based on the 67-year-old former prime minister, who went on to establish a global institute and interfaith charitable foundation. Tony! The Blair Musical, a satire written by Chris Bush, and its Tony of Arabia sequel had short essays early in his third term as the country’s leader.
In 2016, Corbyn the Musical: The Motorcycle Diaries premiered at the Waterloo East Theater, written by Rupert Myers and Bobby Friedman. It featured an appearance of a character playing the role of Blair and set in a future where then Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn was prime minister and Russia declared nuclear war on the west.