Celebrated TV and film actor Daniel Benzali to star as Howard Zinn at the PARK Theatre

Initial casting has been revealed for The Time Of Our Lies, as celebrated television and film actor Daniel Benzali joins the biopic story of the American historian, author and social activistHoward Zinn. The ensemble cast will include Alvaro Flores(Wig Out, Royal Court), Wayne Gidden (Legacy, Stratford Circus), Lanna Joffrey (Cause, Vault Festival), Sophia Mackay(Thriller, Lyric Theatre) and Claire Lebowitz-King (Measure for Measure, Living Theatre).

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”

Howard Zinn

The Time Of Our Lies is a battle cry for democracy, transparency, and inclusion. The play embodies Zinn’s battle for social justice and his lifelong struggle against false historical narratives written by those in power that poison the well for true democracy. This play features songs using some of Howard’s words, combined with first-person accounts of war from other soldiers, all juxtaposed against a backdrop of Butoh inspired movement.

Limited run – 2 weeks only

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By Bianca Bagatourian

Directed by Ché Walker


30 Jul – 10 Aug



Mon – Sat Evening 19.30

Thu & Sat Matinees 15.00


Previews £18.50

Standard £18.50 – £32.50

Concessions £16.50 – £23.50

Child (Under 16) £15 – £20*

Park Up Members (16 – 26 yrs)

30 Jul – 6 Aug

Tickets £10*

Find out more about joining our Park Up scheme here.


Groups Buy 10 tickets, get the 11th free


Audio Described

Fri 9 Aug 19.30

Touch Tour 18.00

*Subject to availability.


T&Cs apply.

Age Guidance: 12+


Who was Howard Zinn?

Howard Zinn was widely considered one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. The son of poor Jewish immigrants, Zinn joined the US Army Air Force during WWII. Just before the end of the war, he was involved in the first use of napalm. What he later came to see as an unnecessary and terrible act informed his lifelong anti-war views and lifetime of activism. From the Vietnam war to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, Zinn was an outspoken and courageous campaigner for his vision of a just and peaceful America until his death in 2010, at the age of 87. His landmark book, A People’s History of the United States, has sold two million copies and is used as a textbook in schools throughout the US.

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Meet The Cast


Daniel Benzali is an internationally renowned actor best known for playing the role of Ted Hoffman inMurder One (20th Century Fox) for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination, and W. G. Howe in the James Bond film, A View to a Kill (United International Pictures).

Theatre includes: Juan Peron in Evita (Prince Edward Theatre) and Max von Mayerling in the original production of Sunset Boulevard (Adelphi Theatre), opposite Patti LuPone and Holiday (Old Vic).


Trained at Italia Conti Academy & Royal Academy of Music.

Theatre includes: Day of the Living / #WeAreArrested (RSC, The Other Place); Wig Out (Royal Court); Don Quixote in Algiers(White Bear, London); Fair Trade(Pleasance Theatre); Something Strange (Arcola Theatre); Qaddafi’s Cook (New York, San Diego & Hollywood Fringe, US).

Film & TV includes: Rambo 5, Daedalus (Spain); The Last Bite, The Fall, Rage.


Wayne is a performer/songwriter and singer.

Songwriting credits include: Whatever I Choose I Lose(Fried); A Time For (Lack Of Afro); Poison Arrow, These Things I’ve Seen (Eli Cripps); The Face, Restless Days (And Why Not).

Theatre includes: Hoax (Stratford Circus); Wanda’s Visit (Barons Court); Legacy (Stratford Circus); The 8th (Manchester Festival, Barbican Centre); Dana Dana (Polaris Films); Traveller’s Tales (UK Tour).


Trained at RCSSD & Syracuse University.

Theatre includes: Cause (Vault Festival); They Promised Her the Moon (Old Globe); A Thousand Splendid Suns (Old Globe, A.C.T., Seattle Rep); The Soulless Ones(Hammer House Live); The Profane(Playwrights Horizons); I Call My Brothers (The Gate); Muse of Fire & Sonnet Walks (The Globe); Troilus and Cressida, Timon of Athens, Measure for Measure (The Factory Theatre).


Theatre includes: Thriller Live(West End); The Grinning Man(West End); Bubbly Black Girl who Sheds her Chameleon Skin(Theatre Royal Stratford East – nominated for 2018 Off West End Best Female); Playboy of the West Indies (National Theatre Studio); Dirty Dancing International Tour (Paul Elliott); Muscovado UK tour (Burnt Out Theatre); Leader of the Pack (Waterloo East Theatre);Earth Makes No Sound (Filament Theatre Company); Journey’s Beyond (Arcola Theatre) and A Concrete Jungle Full of Wild Cars(Unicorn Theatre).


Theatre includes: The Donkey Show and Measure for Measure(Living Theatre); No Sir! and The Brig (Asst. Dir, Obie Award), Mysteries and Smaller Pieces. 

NYCThe Transportation of Judith Malina, Three Sisters Come and Go, Jack and the Corporate Beanstalk, Time out of Nothing.

Writing credits include: Bradass87.

Claire is also a stand-up comedian around London.

Coming soon: Secrets & lies behind closed doors…

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