FARM HALL at the Ustinov Studio

Rehearsed reading of the world premiere of a new play based on a remarkable true story.




Ustinov Studio, Saturday 21 September

Later this month, the Ustinov Studio hosts the first rehearsed reading of a brand new work by Katherine Moar, inspired by a remarkable true story from World War II.

Summer 1945. Hitler is dead. Germany is defeated. The war in the Pacific rages on.

In England, six of Germany’s foremost military scientists have been captured by Allied forces and stowed safely in Farm Hall, a stately home nestled in a quiet corner of the Cambridgeshire countryside. Removed from the chaos of war, they while away the hours playing chess, restoring a broken piano, and rehearsing a production of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit.

But the world and the war cannot be shut out forever. The scientists’ tranquil summer is shattered by a shocking revelation, that the unthinkable has occurred, that the Americans have succeeded where they have failed…

During their seven-month detainment, unbeknownst to its occupants, almost every inch of Farm Hall was bugged. The scientists’ recorded conversations were translated, transcribed and, finally, in 1992, declassified and published as The Farm Hall Transcripts. This play is inspired by those transcripts and by true events that occurred at Farm Hall between July 1945 and January 1946.

This performance is a script-in-hand rehearsed reading presented by Theatre Royal Bath’s Creative Learning programme. The reading is directed by Lizzie Wiggs.

Katherine Moar studied at Edinburgh University where she received a First Class degree in History. She will shortly begin an MPhil in the History and Philosophy of Science at Darwin College, Cambridge University. FARM HALL is her first play

FARM HALL is at the Ustinov Studio on Saturday 21 September.

Tickets are FREE, but must be booked in advance from the Box Office on 01225 448844 or online at



Venue:        Ustinov Studio

Dates:          Saturday 21 September 2019, 7.30pm

Tickets:      FREE ADMISSION, but tickets must be booked in advance.

Box Office:                01225 448844