A Chichester Festival Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre co-production of
- REHEARSAL IMAGES RELEASED FOR UK TOUR OF SINGLE SPIES BY ALAN BENNETT
- NICHOLAS FARRELL, BELINDA LANG AND DAVID ROBB LEAD THE CAST
- PERFORMANCES BEGIN ON 4 FEBRUARY AT CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE
Rehearsal images for Alan Bennett’s hit comedy Single Spies are released today. The production embarks on a UK tour from 4 February opening at Chichester Festival Theatre before touring to Birmingham, Richmond, Canterbury, Newcastle, Oxford, Cheltenham, Bath, Leeds, Salisbury and Sheffield.
Following the success of The King’s Speech, Chichester Festival Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre collaborate once again on this award-winning comedy masterpiece, Single Spies.
Olivier Award-nominated Rachel Kavanaugh directs Nicholas Farrell (as Guy Burgess), Belinda Lang (Coral Browne and Her Majesty the Queen) and David Robb (Anthony Blunt) in an extensive UK tour opening in February 2016.
Bennett’s award-winning espionage double bill is a pointedly satirical snapshot of two members of the infamous ‘Cambridge Five’, Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt, both recruited as spies by the Soviet Union during World War II.
In 1950s Moscow, Coral Browne receives an invitation to lunch with shunned Soviet spy, Guy Burgess, with the sole instruction to ‘bring a tape measure’. An Englishman Abroad is a wry and touching play which chronicles the pair’s fleeting friendship and Burgess’ attempts to cling to his way of life as a Soviet citizen.
A Question of Attribution gives us a glimpse into Anthony Blunt’s life of espionage within the very walls of Buckingham Palace. Following his double-life as an art historian to royalty and a Soviet spy, this witty tale of forgery and deceit culminates in a sharp and candid interrogation from Her Majesty the Queen herself.
Single Spies premiered at the National Theatre in 1988, opening to critical acclaim and receiving an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 1990.
Chichester Festival Theatre
Oaklands Parks, Chichester, PO19 6AP
Online bookings: www.cft.org.uk
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
17- 27 February
Centenary Square, Broad Street, B1 2EP
0121 236 4455
Online bookings: www.birmingham-rep.co.uk
The Green, Surrey, TW9 1QJ
0844 871 7651
Online bookings: www.atgtickets.com/venues/richmond-theatre
The Marlowe Theatre
8- 12 March
The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS
Online bookings: www.marlowetheatre.com
Theatre Royal Newcastle Upon Tyne
100 Grey Street, NE1 6BR
08448 11 21 21
Online bookings: www.theatreroyal.co.uk
Beaumont Street, OX1 2LW
Online bookings: www.oxfordplayhouse.com
The Everyman Theatre
29 March – 02 April
Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ
Online bookings: www.everymantheatre.org.uk
Theatre Royal Bath
04 – 09 April
Sawclose, BA1 1ET
Online bookings: www.theatreroyal.org.uk
Leeds Grand Theatre
12 – 16 April
46 New Briggate, LS1, 6NZ
0844 848 2700
Online bookings: www.leedsgrandtheatre.com
18- 23 April
Malthouse Lane, Wiltshire, SP2 7RA
01722 320 117
Online bookings: www.salisburyplayhouse.com
55 Norfolk Street, S1 1DA
0114 249 6000
Online bookings: www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk