UK Tour of FLARE PATH Announces Full Cast, Including Adam Best & James Cooney
The producers of the forthcoming UK tour of Terence Rattigan's FLARE PATH, directed by Justin Audibert, are delighted to announce the full cast, headed by the previously announced Leon Ockenden as Peter Kyle, Olivia Hallinan as Patricia Graham and Philip Franks as Squadron Leader Swanson.They will be joined by Adam Best as Flying Officer Count Skriczevinsky, James Cooney as Percy, Simon Darwen as Sergeant Miller (Dusty), Stephanie Jacob as Mrs Oakes, Shvorne Marks as Mrs Miller (Maudie), Siobhan O'Kelly as Countess Skriczevinsky (Doris), William Reay as Corporal Jones (Wiggy), Holly Smith as Maid and Alastair Whatley as Flight Lieutenant Graham (Teddy). As previously announced, the FLARE PATH tour will open on 18 August at Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne (national press night, 2 September at Richmond Theatre). FLARE PATH will then tour to Richmond, Bath, Malvern, Exeter, Cambridge, Salisbury, Winchester, Ipswich, Coventry, Liverpool, Southend and Guildford. 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 life-and-death existence of 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, FLARE PATH tells the story of former actress Patricia, the wife of RAF pilot Teddy, whose marriage is tested to the limits by the surprise arrival of Patricia's 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. FLARE PATH combines highly charged drama with a truly authentic taste of the fear, camaraderie and passion experienced by the men and women who fought to save their country, their families and each other. This new production of FLARE PATH will be directed by Justin Audibert, who is currently directing The Jew of Malta for The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford. Justin is an Artistic Associate for HighTide Festival Theatre and Red Ladder, and his directing credits include productions at Soho Theatre, the Young Vic and West Yorkshire Playhouse. FLARE PATH will have Set and Costume Design by Hayley Grindle, Lighting Design by Alex Wardle and Sound Design by Dom Bilkey.
Most recently seen in London's West End in 2011, in a production directed by Trevor Nunn, this major revival of FLARE PATH comes from the producers behind the current critically-acclaimed and hugely successful touring production of BIRDSONG. FLARE PATH is produced on tour by Alastair Whatley for The Original Theatre Company and Anne-Marie Woodley and Jon Woodley for Birdsong Productions Ltd.
Official website: www.flarepaththetour.com
Facebook: @flarepaththetour2015 TOUR SCHEDULE 18 - 29 August Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne Now on salewww.eastbournetheatres.co.uk 01323 412000 1 - 5 September Richmond Theatre Now on salewww.atgtickets.com/venues/richmond-theatre 0844 871 7651 7 - 12 September Theatre Royal, Bath On sale soonwww.theatreroyal.org.uk 01225 448844 15 - 19 September Festival Theatre, Malvern Now on salewww.malvern-theatres.co.uk 01684 892277 22 - 26 September Exeter Northcott Theatre Now on salewww.exeternorthcott.co.uk 01392 493 493 28 September - 3 October Cambridge Arts Theatre Now on salewww.cambridgeartstheatre.com 01223 503333 5 - 10 October Salisbury Playhouse Now on salewww.salisburyplayhouse.com 01722 320 333 12 - 17 October Theatre Royal Winchester Now on salewww.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk 01962 840440 19 - 24 October The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich Now on salewww.wolseytheatre.co.uk 01473 295900 3 - 7 November The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry On sale soonwww.belgrade.co.uk 024 7655 3055 10 - 14 November Liverpool Playhouse On sale soon www.everymanplayhouse.com 0151 709 4776 16-21 November The Palace Theatre, Southend Now on salewww.southendtheatres.org.uk 01702 351135 23 - 28 November Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford On sale soonwww.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk 01483 440000 Further venues to be announced