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SINGLE SPIES

AN ENGLISHMAN ABROAD
A QUESTION OF ATTRIBUTION

An award-winning double-bill by Alan Bennett

Thu 30 Sep 2010 - Sat 06 Nov 2010

Espionage, interrogation and double-lives in these two award-winning plays.

With his customary wit and observation Alan Bennett delves into the world of espionage, forgery and double-lives.

In her dressing room in a Moscow theatre, actress Coral Browne receives an inebriated visitor, a familiar, upper-class Englishman. An invitation slipped under her door later reveals her visitor to be disgraced spy Guy Burgess. She is invited to dine at his Moscow flat armed only with the instruction to “bring a tape measure”.... Funny and engaging, An Englishman Abroad explores the fascinating world of a British double-agent as he comes to terms with his new life in exile.

A Question of Attribution follows Anthony Blunt, revered Art Historian and Surveyor of the Queen’s pictures who accidently encounters the Queen whilst trying to replace her much-loved Titian painting. A sharp and dangerous exchange of wits ensues, but will he reveal to her what would later be revealed to the world - that the man who worked in the heart of her household was also a Soviet spy?  A sharp, pithy play that explores the murky shadows that lurk behind even the most familiar of facades.

The Cast
James Clyde          Burgess/Chubb
Ed Cooper Clarke  Philips
Melanie Jessop     Coral Browne/HMQ
Joe Marsh               Tolya/Colin
Simon Wright         Shop Assistant/Restorer
David Yelland         Tailor/Blunt

Tickets 
From £13.50 to £25

First week special
On the first Thursday and Friday all seats are £13.50
(no other discounts apply)

Talk back
Free talk back after the show on Friday 15 October and Friday 29 October

Meal Deal
 Wednesday and Thursday night meal deal – two course post-show meal with coffee and a top price ticket for the show only £30!
Must be booked through the box office 01635 46044.

Performance Running Times
First Act           40 minutes
Interval             20 mins
Second Act     1 hour

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Performance times
Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm
(please note there is no matinee performance on Thursday 30 September)
Saturday 6 November performances at 1.30pm and 6.30pm

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Directed by Jamie Glover
Designed by Andrew D Edwards
Lighting designed by Richard Howell