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Single Spies – Lyceum, Sheffield

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Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Sheila Stratford A wonderful double bill, Single Spies is not about espionage. It focuses on two individuals from the famous Cambridge Five, a ring of spies recruited in the 1930s. The plays explore the lonely isolation of Guy Burgess in An Englishman Abroad and Anthony Blunt in A Question of Attribution. When Alan ...

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Single Spies – The Grand, Leeds

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Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Designer: Peter McKintosh Reviewer: Ron Simpson In his writing, Alan Bennett has a productive relationship with fact, from recycling his own life to re-imagining history. Single Spies consists of two one-act plays, one of them originally a television drama, which fit together neatly in terms of tone, casting and theme. However, their relationship to ...

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Single Spies – Theatre Royal, Bath

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Writer: Alan Bennett Director:Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer:Kris Hallett If you had to pick a house dramatist that suited the programming for Theatre Royal Bath then it would undoubtedly be Alan Bennett. He reigns supreme as the king of middle England, his plays dotted with the upper middle and literate classes. The packed theatre on press night indicates that nothing screams 'box ...

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Single Spies – Oxford Playhouse

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Writer: Alan Bennett Director:Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Single Spies, Alan Bennett’s 1988 double bill about the Cambridge Spies in the years after their unmasking by the authorities, is an astoundingly accomplished piece of writing. The two plays – An Englishman Abroad and A Question Of Attribution – are treated conservatively and classily in this touring co-production from Chichester Festival ...

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Single Spies – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

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Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Dan English There are spies to be caught out as Alan Bennett's comedy double bill Single Spies arrives at Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre as part of its UK tour. Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh and split into two one-act plays, Single Spies is a comedy that looks at a Russian spy ring that infiltrated the ...

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Single Spies – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

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Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: James Garrington   Those who lived through the Cold War will no doubt remember the shock of hearing about the so-called Cambridge Ring, a group of Soviet agents buried deep within the British establishment – the public exposure of first two, then a third, and later a fourth, and the question: “how many ...

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A Damsel in Distress – Festival Theatre, Chichester

Authors: P.G. Wodehouse and Ian Hay Writers: Jeremy Sams and Robert Hudson Music and Lyrics: George and Ira Gershwin Director/Choreographer: Rob Ashford Reviewer: Bill Avenell The word verve springs to mind to encapsulate this new stage musical based on P.G.Wodehouse’s novel. It is a really lively evening’s entertainment which combines a top drawer cast showing off Chichester’s technical facility, the ...

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