Full cast announced for the 2015 National Tour of Terence Rattigan’s FLARE PATH


The producers of the forthcoming UK tour of Terence Rattigan’s FLARE PATH, directed by Justin Audibert, are delighted to announce the full cast, headed by the previously announced Leon Ockenden as Peter Kyle, Olivia Hallinan as Patricia Graham and Philip Franks as Squadron Leader Swanson.

They will be joined by Adam Best as Flying Officer Count Skriczevinsky, James Cooney as Percy, Simon Darwen as Sergeant Miller (Dusty), Stephanie Jacob as Mrs Oakes, Shvorne Marks as Mrs Miller (Maudie), Siobhan O’Kelly as Countess Skriczevinsky (Doris), William Reay as Corporal Jones (Wiggy), Holly Smith as Maid and Alastair Whatley as Flight Lieutenant Graham (Teddy).

As previously announced, the FLARE PATH tour will open on 18 August at Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne (national press night, 2 September at Richmond Theatre). FLARE PATH will then tour to Richmond, Bath, Malvern, Exeter, Cambridge, Salisbury, Winchester, Ipswich, Coventry, Liverpool, Southend and Guildford.

Based on Rattigan’s experiences as a tail gunner during World War II, FLARE PATH paints an evocative portrait of life in wartime Britain for the life-and-death existence of the RAF bomber crews, and their wives and sweethearts who were left waiting their return.

Set in 1942 against a backdrop of heartache and quiet bravery, FLARE PATH tells the story of former actress Patricia, the wife of RAF pilot Teddy, whose marriage is tested to the limits by the surprise arrival of Patricia’s ex‐lover and Hollywood idol Peter Kyle. An unexpected and dangerous mission over Germany puts Patricia at the centre of an emotional conflict as unpredictable as the war in the skies.

FLARE PATH combines highly charged drama with a truly authentic taste of the fear, camaraderie and passion experienced by the men and women who fought to save their country, their families and each other.

This new production of FLARE PATH will be directed by Justin Audibert, who is currently directing The Jew of Malta for The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford. Justin is an Artistic Associate for HighTide Festival Theatre and Red Ladder, and his directing credits include productions at Soho Theatre, the Young Vic and West Yorkshire Playhouse.

FLARE PATH will have Set and Costume Design by Hayley Grindle, Lighting Design by Alex Wardle and Sound Design by Dom Bilkey.
Most recently seen in London’s West End in 2011, in a production directed by Trevor Nunn, this major revival of FLARE PATH comes from the producers behind the current critically-acclaimed and hugely successful touring production of BIRDSONG.

FLARE PATH is produced on tour by Alastair Whatley for The Original Theatre Company and Anne-Marie Woodley and Jon Woodley for Birdsong Productions Ltd.
Official website:  www.flarepaththetour.com

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18 – 29 August                          Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne Now on sale

www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk                           01323 412000

1 – 5 September                        Richmond Theatre                                            Now on sale

www.atgtickets.com/venues/richmond-theatre     0844 871 7651

7 – 12 September                      Theatre Royal, Bath                                          On sale soon

www.theatreroyal.org.uk                                     01225 448844

15 – 19 September                    Festival Theatre, Malvern                                 Now on sale

www.malvern-theatres.co.uk                               01684 892277

22 – 26 September                    Exeter Northcott Theatre                                   Now on sale

www.exeternorthcott.co.uk                                 01392 493 493

28 September – 3 October         Cambridge Arts Theatre                                   Now on sale

www.cambridgeartstheatre.com                          01223 503333

5 – 10 October                          Salisbury Playhouse                                        Now on sale

www.salisburyplayhouse.com                            01722 320 333

12 – 17 October                        Theatre Royal Winchester                                 Now on sale

www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk                      01962 840440

19 – 24 October                         The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich                    Now on sale

www.wolseytheatre.co.uk                                   01473 295900

3 – 7 November                         The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry                       On sale soon

www.belgrade.co.uk                                          024 7655 3055

10 – 14 November                     Liverpool Playhouse                                        On sale soon

www.everymanplayhouse.com                           0151 709 4776

16-21 November                        The Palace Theatre, Southend                          Now on sale

www.southendtheatres.org.uk                            01702 351135

23 – 28 November                     Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford                               On sale soon

www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk                                 01483 440000

Further venues to be announced