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An English Tragedy

The true story of a family in turmoil in post-war Britain. English traitor, John Amery, was arrested in Italy in 1945 and brought back to London for trial. He was charged with high treason for making propaganda broadcasts for Nazi Germany. The fact that John Amery was the son of senior politician, Leo Amery, who served in Winston Churchill's cabinet during the war, made the crime all the more controversial.


The play is set during WWII. The key characters are Brendan Bracken, who was Minister of Information under Churchill and William Joyce, who was residing in the Third Reich serving as an English speaking mouthpiece for Nazism on German Radio. The collaborator was honored with a service medal by the Führer. While both are actual historical figures, the play is fictional. Doublecross is highly theatrical, with one actor playing Bracken and Joyce. All the other characters are played by two additional actors and there are speeches spoken directly to the audience.