Áine Flanagan Productions, Seiriol Davies and the Young Vic present presents

How To Win Against History

Written & Composed by Seiriol Davies

The 5th Marquis of Anglesey burned brightly, briefly and transvestitely at the end of the 19th Century, blowing his family’s colossal fortune on diamond frocks, lilac-­dyed poodles and putting on simply amazing plays to which nobody came. After he died at 29, his family burned every record of him, and carried on as though he never was.

A hilarious, ripped-up new extravaganza by Seiriol Davies about being too weird for the world, but desperately not wanting it to forget you.

★★★★ “An exciting new British musical with echoes of Noel Coward, Tim Minchin and Gilbert and Sullivan… There is most definitely a well-crafted, hugely enjoyable show here.” – North West End

“With clever wordplay, one-liners and puns, it is the script of How to Win Against History which ultimately sets it apart as a brilliant performance.” – Mancunion

★★★★★ “This musical about a cross-dressing Marquess is a work of genius.” – The Daily Telegraph

★★★★ “Sparkling… The air of jolly melancholy conjured up throughout the show suits its subject matter to a T. Great fun.” – The Times (behind paywall)

★★★★ “The show is a complete one-off: a little bit weird, totally absurd, often hilarious and very, very sparkly.” – The Guardian

★★★★ “Gleeful, ludicrous – a larky collision of Gilbert & Sullivan and Monty Python.” – Time Out

★★★★★ “Dazzling… Unfailingly charming. The show knows how to win and there is little to dislike.” – EdinburghGuide.Com

Want to know more about Seiriol Davies?

Seiriol has trained with Thomas Prattki at LISPA, and has since forged a career writing, composing and performing with companies like Punchdrunk, You Need Me, and Temper Temper. Mess, which he created with Caroline Horton & Co, premiered in 2012, winning awards including The Stage Award for Acting Excellence and an Argus Angel.

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  • Running time 70 mins (no interval)
  • Recommended age 14+
  • £12.50 full / £10.50 conc
  • Want to see two shows in one night? On Sat 14 Oct you can see How To Win Against History + We Are Ian for £21 full / £19 conc. Discount will be added automatically in your basket.