Nicholas Farrell leads Alan Bennett’s Single Spies on UK tour

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Nicholas Farrell, Belinda Lang and David Robb lead a revival of Single Spies on a national tour which will include playing at a theatre within listening distance of the country’s espionage hub at GCHQ, Cheltenham.

Birmingham Rep and Chichester Festival Theatre are collaborating on the new production of Alan Bennett’s hit comedy following their previous collaboration with The King’s Speech.

Olivier Award-nominated Rachel Kavanaugh will direct Nicholas Farrell (as Guy Burgess), Belinda Lang (Coral Browne and the Queen) and David Robb (Anthony Blunt) in a UK tour opening in February.

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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 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 very English tale of forgery and deceit, culminates in a sharp and candid interrogation from 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.

Nicholas Farrell’s previous credits with Chichester include The Browning Version/South Downs (and West End) and Damsels in Distress. He also starred as Alan Bennett in The Lady in the Van (Queen’s Theatre).

Belinda Lang has recently appeared on stage in Oklahmona! (Northampton/Tour), Ladies in Lavendar (National Tour), Hay Fever (Royal Exchange and Haymarket Theatre) and East is East (Birmingham Rep).

David Robb is currently on screen as Dr. Clarkson in Downton Abbey. On stage he has recently appeared in The Audience (Apollo Theatre) and Hamlet (Tour & West End).

Single Spies tour dates 2016

February 4-13, Chichester Festival Theatre
February 17-27, Birmingham Repertory Theatre
March 1-5, Richmond Theatre
March 8-12, The Marlowe Theatre
March 15-19, Theatre Royal Newcastle Upon Tyne
March 21-26, Oxford Playhouse
March 29-April 2, The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
April 4-9, Theatre Royal Bath
April 12-16, Leeds Grand Theatre
April 18-23, Salisbury Playhouse
April 26-30, Sheffield Theatres.

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