The 2015 National Tour of Terrence Rattigan’s critically acclaimed Flare Path has been extended into 2016 with a new cast.
The 2016 Tour is set to open at the Connaught Theatre in Worthing on Wednesday 27th January, before going on to play further venues across the UK. The production is currently booking until May 2016, with the last announced date from 2nd – 7th May at the Theatre Royal York.
The new touring cast will star Graham Seed as Squadron Leader Swanson, Lynden Edwards as Peter Kyle and Hedydd Dylan as Patricia Graham.
They will be joined by Claire Andreadis as Countess Skriczevinsky (Doris), William Reay as Flying Officer Count Skriczevinsky and Corporal Jones (Wiggy), Jamie Hogarth as Sergeant Miller (Dusty), Charlie G Hawkins (EastEnders) as Percy, Polly Hughes as Mrs Miller (Maudie) and Emma Carter as Betty. Further casting news will be announced soon.
Terrence Rattigan’s 1942 play is based on his experiences as a tail gunner during World War II.
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.
Following Trevor Nunn’s 2011 West End production, Flare Path was revived earlier this year in a brand new touring production directed by Peter Audibert. The National Tour of Flare Path was launched at Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne on 18th August 2015, led by Leon Ockenden, Oliva Hallinan and Philip Franks, and has visited venues in Richmond, Bath, Malvern, Exeter, Cambridge, Salisbury, Winchester, Ipswich, Coventry, Liverpool, Southend and Guildford during the course of the year.
It is produced on tour by Alastair Whatley for The Original Theatre Company and Anne-Marie Woodley and Jon Woodley for Birdsong Productions Ltd, and features set and costume design by Hayley Grindle, lighting design by Alex Wardle and sound design by Dominic Bilkey.
Graham Seed is perhaps best known for playing Nigel Pargetter in the BBC radio series The Archers for 27 years until his dramatic exit at the beginning of 2011. He is the recipient of the Broadcaster of the Year Awards 2010 from the Broadcasting Press Guild and the Voice of Listener & Viewer Special Award 2010. Graham’s recent work in theatre includes An Audience with Jimmy Savile opposite Alistair McGowan (London’s 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 Mr Lindquist and Carl Magnus in Trevor Nunn’s 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 recent theatre credits include The Watchman/Cassandra/Cilissa/Athene in The Oresteia (HOME Theatre), Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jackie Oppenheimer in Oppenheimer and Jane Damport in The Shoemaker’s Holiday (all for the Royal Shakespeare Company).
Confirmed 2016 tour dates for Flare Path are listed below:
27th – 30th January 2016 (Connaught Theatre, Worthing)
2nd – 6th February 2016 (Oxford Playhouse)
10th – 13th February 2016 (Buxton Opera House)
15th – 20th February 2016 (Theatre Royal Windsor)
23rd – 27th February 2016 (Grand Theatre, Blackpool)
29th February – 5th March 2016 (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds)
7th – 12th March 2016 (Mercury Theatre, Colchester)
15th – 19th March 2016 (His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen)
22nd – 26th March 2016 (Theatre Clwyd, Mold)
29th March – 2nd April 2016 (Swan Theatre, High Wycombe)
5th – 9th April 2016 (Orchard Theatre, Dartford)
12th – 16th April 2016 (Civic Theatre, Darlington)
19th – 23rd April 2016 Derby Theatre
25th – 30th April 2016 (Birmingham Rep Theatre)
2nd – 7th May (Theatre Royal York)