One of the most successful solo shows of the past 25yrs, ‘Adolf’ has played in over 20 countries to rave reviews and awards. Still touring widely, it recently won the annual Spevtaki ‘Best One Man’ play. Directed by Guy Masterson, ‘Adolf’ furnishes an acute anatomy of fascism; its ideological justification, its poisoned utopias. Looking uncomfortably like the Fuhrer, Pip takes his audience on a journey into themselves, facing their own intolerance and gently coaxing an understanding of the mind-set of a nation that could allow such a man to take control. ‘Terrifying beyond expectations, Adolf leaves as profound an impact as ever.’ The Skinny ***** 2019
Length of Performance 75 mins (no interval)
This new, moving and affectionate performance is about the devastating effects of Alzheimer's disease, not only on the sufferer but on family, friends and carers. Based on his and his brother’s experiences of seeing their mum deteriorate and die just three years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at 68, and on Pip’s intensive research, Pip’s character takes the audience on a journey full of smiles, laughter, respect and tears.
“A vivid portrait bursting with love” The Stage “Brilliantly executed. I don’t often give 5 stars but Utton leaves me no choice” Theatre Extra
Length of Performance 70 mins (no interval)
Described by Mrs Thatcher as ‘that dreadful man who paints those horrible pictures’, Francis Bacon remains one of the most challenging and controversial artists of all time. It’s impossible not to react to his work, or to Pip’s compelling performance. Francis Bacon could spend his mornings painting, his afternoons and evenings drinking champagne and eating, and his nights roaming Soho dressed in fishnet stockings and a long leather coat looking for ‘rough trade’. His lifestyle full of alcohol, gambling and homosexual promiscuity has created an iconic enigma. ‘The howl of Bacon's vision. Compelling and unsettling’ The Scotsman
Length of performance 70 mins (no interval)
Big Ben strikes 13! A magical hour, when the ten statues of great statesmen in Parliament Square, London, England, come to life. Winston Churchill wakes and descends from his plinth to indulge in his favourite pastimes; a glass of scotch, a cigar and his favourite pastime; listening to himself talk.
He talks of his childhood, his parents, his education, his marriage, his painting, writing and his bricklaying. And of course, he talks of his many years at the centre of the world political stage, especially during two world wars.
“More laughs than many stand-up comics”
Theatre Guide London
“had the audience in the palm of his hand.”
“One of Utton’s finest” British Theatre Guide
Length of performance 70mins (no interval)
Or 2 x 40mins (plus interval)
Charlie Chaplin created The Tramp, one of the most famous cinema images of all time. Chaplin trapped himself inside an image he never truly managed to escape. The Tramp made Chaplin the best-known, best-paid film actor of his age, opened the doors of society and celebrity, and gave him riches and endless young women. Not bad for a street urchin brought up in the Dickensian slums of late 19th century London! Using specially made black and white footage, Pip literally steps in and out of the screen becoming Chaplin, stripping away the myths revealing the man beneath. UNESCO BEST MONODRAMA Belarus Festival Minsk
MEDIA AWARD Wroclaw monodrama festival
Length of performance 70 mins (no interval)
“I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.”
So Dickens described what has become one of the best loved of all Christmas stories. During the last twelve years of his life Charles Dickens toured Britain and the USA reading his writings professionally to his adoring public. The most popular of all these readings was ‘A Christmas Carol’. In this almost totally candlelit performance Pip Utton recreates those readings using the adaptation of the story made and used by Charles Dickens himself. There are no modern theatrical devices such as sound or lighting effects. The power of the writing is brought to life by the power of the performance.
“An enchanted start to the Christmas season. Absolutely captivating” Blackmore Vale
“A masterful performance. Pip Utton IS Charles Dickens” – Edinburghreview.com Pip Utton
Length of performance 80 mins (no interval)
or 2 x 40 mins (plus interval)
Dickens spent his final twelve years on speaking tours which astonished capacity audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. His private life was spent in company with the beautiful young actress Ellen Ternan, his beloved muse and confident. This is a happy and contented Dickens with whom it is a pleasure to spend all too short a time.
Pip Utton’s performance was a masterfully energetic but also authentic portrait of the artist as an old man. The audience were beautifully engaged and charmed. The recitals of classic Dickens were superlative examples of what a master craftsman can do with material of a stellar standard.
Length of performance 75 mins (no interval) or 2 x 40 mins (plus interval)
As Albert Einstein, Pip gives a delicately nuanced performance, gently asking us to realise that imagination (which is boundless) is more important than knowledge (which is limited). Every so often the audience is asked to close their eyes and participate in a thought experiment by visualising a scenario which proves his point.The play has many anecdotes from Einstein’s life and,although his demeanour is always genial, Pip Utton does not shy away from the less kindly aspects of Einstein’s behaviour. Albert admits to his womanising and regrets his treatment of his first wife (which is frankly shocking) and on occasion he displays a hint of pomposity towards his colleagues. There is also sadness that his findings led to the development of the atomic bomb – a development he would love to distance himself from.
Lenngth of performance 70 mins (no interval) or 2 x 40 mins (plua interval)
Quasimodo is keeping vigil over the lifeless body of his Gypsy love Esmeralda . With a quiet focused voice and humanly crumpled features, this hunchback is no movie caricature and becomes less so as we learn more of his life, rejected at birth as an abomination, raised lovingly by the cathedral’s archdeacon but rejected by all others. He struggles to understand how the Catholic God can love him. He now surveys the world from his lofty peak in the Notre Dame towers with only the bells and gargoyles for company. His description of the bells as family members is comic yet heart-rending, while his often poetic descriptions of life in the cathedral and the city help to place him within our own lives. We realise, for example, that his encounter with the gypsy woman is no coincidence but part of the ebb and flow of city life, that Paris’s beauty itself is skin-deep for, when night falls, evil emerges from the daily hustle and bustle.
Length of performance 65 mins (no Interval)
Pip brings the famous man to life. Not just the probable writer of wonderful plays and poetry but a real man who loves, laughs, drinks, sings, dances and cries, and in between is forced to write some words to make a living. Living a double life, as a husband and landowner in Stratford on Avon, and as the great playwright in London. His wife, his loves, his children all are in. It’s fun, it’s moving and it involves the audience now and again in the way Pip excels. It’s just Will Shakespeare; his life and his ‘greatest hits’, performed by Will himself.
‘Shakespeare comes to life masterfully. Poetic, fun and beautiful’. theaterpardijs.nl
Length of performance 70 mins (no interval) or 2 x 40 mins (plus Interval)
Not just a reflection on how to portray her but a live audience with Mrs Thatcher, the ‘Iron Lady’! Saviour or witch? Love her or hate her? She divided the nation like no other politician, changing the face of British, even world politics forever. Listen again to her philosophies, her inspiration and her logic, and take the chance to ask her a question! Yes, task her anything you want, and she will answer. Full of laughs but at the same time serious thoughts and discussions, because like the audience questions, every performance is different!
WINNER The Stage Special Award for Acting Excellence WINNER Fringereview.co.uk Award for Outstanding Theatre
Length of performance 70 mins (no interval) or 2 x 40 mins (plus interval)