Called to Account: The Indictment of Anthony Charles Lynton Blair For the Crime of Aggression Against Iraq - A Hearing

Thu 19 Apr 2007 – Sat 9 Jun 2007

Edited by Richard Norton-Taylor

“should be seen by everyone in this country.” Independent on Sunday
“…at least the theatre has now called Blair to account…there is no doubt about the evening’s importance.”  The Guardian
“This is theatre both as confected sensation and as direct civic engagement.”  Financial Times

Extended by popular demand until 9 June

Earlier this year two leading barristers: Philippe Sands QC (for the prosecution) and Julian Knowles (for the defence) tested the evidence of the grounds for an indictment of the British Prime Minister for the crime of aggression against Iraq.

The arguments and testimony gathered have been edited into a play by Richard Norton-Taylor which examines the criminal implications of the British Government’s decision to use force against Iraq.

# They examined the following witnesses: SIR MICHAEL QUINLAN – former Permanent Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Defence
# CLARE SHORT – Ex-Cabinet Minister
# MICHAEL MATES (Conservative) MP – Member of the Butler Inquiry
# SIR MURRAY STUART SMITH -Former Security & Intelligence Services Commissioner
# JUAN GABRIEL VALDES – Chilean Ambassador to the U.N. Security Council in 2003
# DEAN KISHORE MAHBUBANI – Singaporean Ambassador to the U.N. Security Council in 2002
# LORD LESTER QC – Liberal Democrat Peer
# ED MORTIMER – Communications Director of the U.N. under Kofi Annan 1998-2006
# SCOTT RITTER Arms Inspector in Iraq 1991-1998
# DR SHIRWAN AL- MUFTI – An (Iraqi) Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Astrobiology, Cardiff University
# NADEEM KAZMI – Director of International Relations for the Al-Khoei Foundation
# MICHAEL SMITH – Former Daily Telegraph journalist now Sunday Times journalist
# DON VAN NATTA – Multiple Pulitzer Prize winning, New York Times journalist
# RICHARD PERLE-an American political advisor and lobbyist who worked for the Reagan administration as an assistant Secretary of Defense and worked on the Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee from 1987 to 2004. He was Chairman of the Board from 2001 to 2003 under the Bush Administration.

Cast includes David Beames, Jeremy Clyde, Ken Drury, Diane Fletcher, Terrence Hardiman, Bill Hoyland, Charlotte Lucas, Morven Macbeth, David Michaels, Roland Oliver, Raad Rawi, Shane Rimmer, Thomas Wheatley and James Woolley

Creatives include Nicolas Kent (Director), Polly Sullivan (Designer) and Paul Kizintas (Sound Designer)


Blair in the dock By Mark Brown, Socialist Review, May 2007

Between Iraq and a hard place By Paul Taylor, The Independent, 26 April 2007

A Theater Holds a Hearing on Blair, Then Stages It By Alan Riding, New York Times, 26 April 2007

Catch the conscience of the king By Ian Shuttleworth,  Financial Times, 25 April 2007

Blair put on trial over Iraq  By Nicholas de Jongh, Evening Standard, 24 April 2007

Review By Michael Billington, The Guardian, 24 April 2007

“Double Indemnity” By Susanna Clapp, The Observer, 29 April 2007

Running concurrently with Mark Thomas (4-16 June, 1st week in the cinema, 2nd week in the theatre)