Áine Flanagan Productions and Seiriol Davies, UK

How to Win Against History

The 5th Marquis of Anglesey burned brightly, briefly and transvestitely at the end of the 19th Century, blowing his family’s colossal fortune on diamond frocks, lilac-dyed poodles and putting on simply amazing plays to which nobody came. After he died at 29, his family burned every record of him, and carried on as though he never was.

How to Win Against History is a hilarious, ripped-up musical about expectations, manliness, disappointment and being totally fabulous. A frothy, glossy costume drama about the stories we tell to convince ourselves it’s all going well, and the moments we realise it’s not.

Following a sell-out tour of the UK, two sell out Edinburgh Festival Fringe's and an extended run at London’s Young Vic Theatre, this multi-award-winning production comes to the Civic as part of Dublin Theatre Festival.

Supported by The British Council Wales

Presented by Civic Theatre in association with Dublin Theatre Festival.

Written and Composed by Seiriol Davies
Devised by the company
Directed by
Alex Swift
Design: Verity Quinn
Lighting Design: Dan Saggars
Musical Direction: Dylan Townley
Matthew Blake, Seiriol Davies and Dylan Townley

Comparisons to the Broadway smash Hamilton are inevitable The Stage
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Civic Theatre


25 Sept, 8pm


26 Sept, 8pm
27 Sept, 5pm & 8pm




75 mins. No interval.

Talking Theatre

26 Sept, post-show. With members of the company.