A new production of Alan Bennett’s play Single Spies directed by Rachel Kavanaugh will be touring the UK from February 2016. This new production sees the Chichester Festival Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre collaborating once again following their successful collaboration on The Kings Speech.
This latest production will star Nicholas Farrell as Guy Burgess, Belinda Lang as Coral Brown and Her Majesty the Queen and David Robb as Anthony Blunt, with further casting yet to be announced.
Bennett’s double bill is a snapshot of two members of the infamous ‘Cambridge Five’, Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt – both recruited as spies by the Soviet Union during the Second World War.
An Englishman Abroad is set in 1950’s Moscow, where Coral Browne is invited to lunch with shunned Soviet spy Guy Burgess, with the sole instruction to ‘bring a tape measure’. The play chronicles the pair’s fleeting friendship and Burgess’ attempts to cling his way to life as a Soviet citizen.
Meanwhile, A Question of Attribution gives audiences a chance to glimpse into Anthony blunt’s life as a spy within the walls of Buckingham Palace. Following his life as a Art Historian to royalty and a Soviet spy, this story of forgery and deceit culminates with a sharp interrogation from Her Majesty herself.
This double bill of plays premiered at the National Theatre in 1988 and received an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 1990.
The production will visit Chichester, Birmingham, Richmond, Canterbury, Newcastle, Oxford, Cheltenham, Bath, Leeds, Salisbury and Sheffield. It will open at the Chichester Festival Theatre on the 4th February and conclude at Sheffield Theatres on the 30th April.