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
2015 TOUR SCHEDULE
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