Ben Brown’s wartime thriller Three Days in May, starring Warren Clarke as Winston Churchill, will receive its West End premiere at Trafalgar Studios 1 on 2 November 2011 (previews from 31 October) as part of a national tour.

The play ventures behind the doors of Number Ten during three of the most pivotal days in the war, when giving in to Hitler was considered by some to be a ‘viable option’.

Having urgently assembled the British war cabinet, the new Prime Minister is suddenly confronted with an intense game of political chess as he tries to persuade peace treaty supporters, including Neville Chamberlain, that Britain must not give in.

Directed by Alan Strachan, Three Days in May also features Jeremy Clyde as Lord Halifax and Robert Demeger as Neville Chamberlain.

Warren Clarke returns to the stage for the first time in over a decade to play Churchill. His credits including, most recently, Jim Flynn in the BBC series In With The Flynns; three series of Down to Earth; Blackadder; Bleak House; and Coronation Street. He is best known for playing Dalziel in 12 series of the popular detective series Dalziel and Pascoe.

The cast is completed by James Alper as Jock Colville, Dicken Ashworth as Arthur Greenwood, Timothy Kightley as Paul Reynaud, Paul Ridley as General Dill and Michael Sheldon as Clement Attlee.

Three Days in May is presented by Bill Kenwright.