Graham Pountney

Biography

UK Producer for Alliance

Graham Pountney

Graham Pountney

Graham's hometown is Leatherhead in Surrey; born and brought up in the area he still lives and works there. From weekly Rep in the 1970s to the West End, Film and TV Graham has worked as an actor, theatre director and producer for over 45 years. His career has encompassed Shakespeare in the Globe Theatre and on tour, TV series like Eastenders, Hustle and Howards Way, to comedies in regional Theatres and classics like Hobson's Choice in the West End.

Graham is now hard at work as the UK producer of a newly commissioned project ALLIANCE .

Graham has been a founder and director of several production companies: The British Actors Theatre Co, The Original Shakespeare Company, ScreenTest Productions; the founding MD of Surrey Hills Community Radio and now as Artistic Director of Theatre Reviva! He has directed successful plays, events, entertainments and short films, and this year is creating an audio podcast of his touring production of R C Sherriff's JOURNEY'S END to celebrate the work of carers and hospital staff exposed to the Covid19 virus.

Started three years ago, ALLIANCE is steadily progressing to a national Tour, a season in the West End, and a production in the USA. Set in the winter of 1941/42 the play reveals the dramatic moments when British Prime Minister Winston Churchill stayed with President Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt in the White House - and nearly died. Casting is underway now for the two central leading characters, Winston Churchill and Franklin D Roosevelt.

The play is particularly timely - as the new US President elect will need to re-evaluate the UK & USA's special relationship: the dramatic central theme of ALLIANCE

ALLIANCE lifts the lid on the 'special relationship'

This alliance between the UK and the USA is famously celebrated in the 'Allies' sculpture in London's Bond Street, by the late actor/artist Lawrence Holofcener.

Today the UK and US Producers are looking for the right UK Theatres to launch this extraordinary new play.