The dialogue carries the play along at a tremendous rate fuelled by the very good performances of Matthew Marsh as Churchill and Benedict Cumberbatch as Burgess. While Marsh’s resemblance to Churchill is mostly superficial, he more than successfully captures the voice and gravelly tones which are so familiar. Cumberbatch has much the easier time of it, as who can recall how Burgess sounds or even what he looks like? In truth he looks and sounds exactly like Benedict Cumberbatch but that’s no bad thing really as he is always worth watching and listening to. He highlights Burgess’s idealism and gives some indication of why he did what he did – and by all accounts was doing it even as this particular meeting took place.