First Look – New production images and trailer for the 2015 National Tour of FLARE PATH






William Reay in FLARE PATH (photo Jack Ladenburg) 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.

Olivia Hallinan in FLARE PATH (photo Jack Ladenburg)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).

Siobhán O'Kelly in FLARE PATH (photo Jack Ladenburg) (3)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.

Philip Franks and Olivia Hallinan in FLARE PATH (photo Jack Ladenburg) (6)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.

LtoR Simon Darwen, Alastair Whatley, Olivia Hallinan, Siobhán O'Kelly, Adam Best in FLARE PATH (photo Jack Ladenburg)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.

LtoR Siobhán O'Kelly, Adam Best, Alastair Whatley and Leon Ockenden in FLARE PATH (photo Jack Ladenburg)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.

James Cooney in FLARE PATH (photo Jack Ladenburg)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.

Philip Franks and Siobhán O'Kelly in FLARE PATH (photo Jack Ladenburg)FLARE PATH will have Set and Costume Design by Hayley Grindle, Lighting Design by Alex Wardle and Sound Design by Dominic 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.

Alastair Whatley and Olivia Hallinan in FLARE PATH (photo Jack Ladenburg) (2)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.


Please also find the brand new trailer for Flare Path below:

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18 – 29 August Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne 01323 412000

1 – 5 September Richmond Theatre 0844 871 7651

7 – 12 September Theatre Royal, Bath 01225 448844

15 – 19 September Festival Theatre, Malvern 01684 892277

22 – 26 September Exeter Northcott Theatre 01392 493 493

28 September – 3 October Cambridge Arts Theatre 01223 503333

5 – 10 October Salisbury Playhouse 01722 320 333

12 – 17 October Theatre Royal Winchester 01962 840440

19 – 24 October The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich 01473 295900

3 – 7 November The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry 024 7655 3055

10 – 14 November Liverpool Playhouse 0151 709 4776

16-21 November The Palace Theatre, Southend 01702 351135

23 – 28 November Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford 01483 440000

Further venues to be announced