Edinburgh Festival 2009: My Darling Clemmie, review
My Darling Clemmie is a moving production about Winston Churchill’s complex relationship with his wife.
By Elizabeth Kirkwood, Edinburgh Festival
Published: 5:48PM BST 07 Aug 2009
Winston Churchill’s claim that his most brilliant achievement was to persuade his wife to marry him is given ample support in Hugh Whitemore’s play My Darling Clemmie. Following the success of his TV film, The Gathering Storm, which focused on the turbulent nature of the marriage between Churchill and his wife, Clementine, Whitemore returns to this fascinating partnership with a one woman show.
Told exclusively through the intimate recollections of an older Clementine, we are guided through the emotional and political harmony of their early years together, as well as the increasingly fraught years of the relationship as wider political forces, not least Churchill’s rise to power and the change this brings to his personal manner, penetrate the intimate bond between them.