A memorable theatrical evening, Edlin's powerful performance segues from iconic speeches to private revelations, from witty stories to brilliant commentary.
Churchill is a one-person play about one of the world's most extraordinary characters - the famous British statesman, author, orator, wit, journalist, and soldier, Sir Winston Churchill.
It is April 1955. Churchill, aged 80, agonizes in his wartime bunker below London whether to finally resign as Prime Minister as the Cold War gathers pace. He is old, tired, and his attention wanders. As he tries to decide what to do, he rolls back the years and reviews his uniquely eventful career, filled with history-changing events and people, glorious speeches, pithy comments, funny stories, his checkered relationship with his family, and all the wit and wisdom that has made Churchill beyond merely one of history's greatest figures into an imperishable legend.
Andrew Edlin is best known for his portrayal of Sir Winston Churchill in the play Churchill, which he authored. Churchill, researched and written 1994-1997, premiered May 1, 1997. The script has been edited continuously since, and the production adjusted accordingly.
In 2012, Edlin produced and co-directed his abridgment of Shakespeare’s King Lear, in which he played the title role.
Edlin was born in Brighton, England; his grandfather was the actor Tubby Edlin. Andrew was educated at Cranleigh School, Surrey, and went on to Magdalen College, Oxford University where he received a scholarship in History. He graduated with a degree in Psychology and Philosophy. He studied the Sanford Meisner Acting Technique with Steve White, and voice training with Mike Jewell, Doug Daller and David Malis.
Andrew moved to the United States in 1990. He has two grown children and lives with his wife, Tena, in Fairfield, Iowa.
For the opening weekend, Churchill sold out almost every night! We couldn't have been happier with the turn out. The packed houses roared with laughter and were charmed with the funny stories. After each performance, the writer and sole performer, Andrew Edlin, would sit and have a talk-back with the audience. Each talk-back was uniquely stirring and lasted almost half an hour!
— Old Creamery Theatre
Andrew Edlin has performed in over 30 stage productions including: Mr. Badger in Toad of Toad Hall; Erronius in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest; Sir Robert Chiltern in An Ideal Husband; Harpagon the Miser in The Miser; Munro Murgatroyd the villain in the melodrama
Dirty Work at the Crossroads; Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady; Mr. Bumble in Oliver!; Drake the Butler in Annie; The Steward in Into the Woods; Sebastian in The Tempest; Egeus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Mittler in Force of Nature; Jonathan Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace; Major Metcalf in The Mousetrap; Frank Gilbreth, Senior in Cheaper by the Dozen; and six characters in The Dining Room.
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A One-Person Play about British Statesman Winston Churchill
written and performed by Andrew Edlin