Is Brexit a tragedy, a comedy — or is it too soon to tell?

A new play running in London tries to grapple with the Brexit drama, and wring laughs from it at the same time. “The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson ” centers on a key figure in the saga: Britain’s rumpled, Latin-spouting former foreign secretary. The blond Conservative with the popular touch played a major role in persuading voters to back Brexit.

Playwright Jonathan Maitland says Johnson “was the one who made the difference between the 48 and the 52” — the percentages for remaining and leaving in the June 2016 referendum on EU membership.

Actor Will Barton, who plays British politician Boris Johnson in the upcoming play
Actor Will Barton, who plays British politician Boris Johnson in the upcoming play “The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson” speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in London, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

He says the play, running at London’s Park Theatre until June 8, looks at how one person can change the fate of a country.

Actor Will Barton, who plays British politician Boris Johnson in the upcoming play
Actor Will Barton, who plays British politician Boris Johnson in the upcoming play “The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson” speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in London, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
Actor Will Barton, who plays British politician Boris Johnson in the upcoming play
Actor Will Barton, who plays British politician Boris Johnson in the upcoming play “The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson” speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in London, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
Actor Will Barton, who plays British politician Boris Johnson in the upcoming play
Actor Will Barton, who plays British politician Boris Johnson in the upcoming play “The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson”, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in London, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

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