Last year’s national tour of Terence Rattigan’s RAF wartime drama, Flare Path has been extended, with a new cast, for a fresh run in 2016.
The new tour will open on January 27 in Worthing. The cast will be led by Graham Seed as Squadron Leader Swanson, Lynden Edwards as Peter Kyle and Hedydd Dylan as Patricia Graham.
They will be joined by Claire Andreadis, William Reay, Jamie Hogarth, Charlie G Hawkins, Polly Hughes and Emma Carter.
Based on Rattigan’s experiences as a tail gunner during World War II, Flare Path paints an evocative portrait of life in wartime Britain for the RAF bomber crews, and their wives and sweethearts who were left waiting their return.
Set in 1942 against a backdrop of heartache and quiet bravery, the play tells the story of former actress Patricia, the wife of RAF pilot Teddy, whose marriage is tested by the arrival of her ex‐lover and Hollywood idol Peter Kyle.
An unexpected and dangerous mission over Germany puts Patricia at the centre of an emotional conflict as unpredictable as the war in the skies.
Graham Seed has enjoyed a successful theatre career since his character, Nigel Pargetter, was bumped off The Archers in 2011 after 27 years.
His recent theatre credits includes An Audience with Jimmy Savile (Park Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015), The Mousetrap (National Tour), Yes Prime Minister (National Tour) and Toad of Toad Hall (West End).
Lynden Edwards’s West End credits include the Tony Award-winning production of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music (Garrick & Menier Theatres), Les Miserables (Palace Theatre) and The Mousetrap (St Martin’s Theatre).
Hedydd Dylan’s has recently appeared on stage in The Oresteia (HOME Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Oppenheimer and The Shoemaker’s Holiday (all for the Royal Shakespeare Company).
2016 TOUR SCHEDULE
January 27–30, Connaught Theatre, Worthing February 2–6, Oxford Playhouse February 10–13, Buxton Opera House February 15–20, Theatre Royal Windsor February 23–27, The Grand Theatre, Blackpool February 29-March 5, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds March 7-12, Mercury Theatre, Colchester March 15-19, Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre March 22-26, Theatr Clwyd, Mold March 29-April 2, Wycombe Swan April 5–9, Orchard Theatre, Dartford April 12-16, Darlington Civic Theatre April 19-23, Derby Theatre April 25-30, Birmingham Repertory Theatre May 3-7, York Theatre Royal.
Watch the 2015 tour trailer for a flavour of the show