Gavin Spokes is in the hot seat as the coughing major in James Graham’s new play, Quiz, which opens in Chichester’s Minerva Theatre this November.
Spokes is to play Charles Ingram who was accused of cheating his way to a jackpot on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Stephanie Street will play his wife, Diana.
The ensemble cast joining them has been named as Nadia Albina, Paul Bazely, Keir Charles, Greg Haiste, Mark Meadows, Henry Pettigrew, Jay Villiers, Lizzie Winkler and Sarah Woodward.
A) The world premiere of a new play by acclaimed writer James Graham?
B) A provocative re-examination of the conviction of Charles Ingram, ‘the coughing Major’, for cheating, following his appearance on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
C) A hilarious celebration of the great tradition of the British quiz show?
D) A razor-sharp analysis of the 21st century’s dangerous new attitude to truth and lies?
Answer: You decide.
Gavin Spokes’ many theatre credits include Against (Almeida), Carousel (ENO), Guys and Dolls (Savoy Theatre), Nineteen Eighty Four (Headlong/West End) and Francis Henshall in One Man, Two Guvnors (NT/West End/UK tour).
Stephanie Street’s theatre work includes Behind the Beautiful Forevers and Nightwatchman (Whatsonstage Awards nomination for Best Solo Performance) for the National Theatre, and many appearances for the Royal Court, Out of Joint and The Bush Theatre.
James Graham’s This House transferred to the West End following sell-out runs during Chichester’s Festival 2016 and at the National Theatre.
His work for theatre, film and television in the UK and US includes Labour of Love for Headlong/West End, Ink for the Almeida Theatre & West End, The Vote and Privacy for the Donmar Warehouse, Finding Neverland on Broadway, Coalition for Channel 4 and the screenplay X+Y.
Quiz will premiere at the Minerva Theatre, directed by Daniel Evans, running from November 3 – December 9.