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Full cast announced for 2015 National Tour of FLARE PATH

Olivia Hallinan, Simon Darwen and Leon Ockenden in rehearsal for Flare Path (photo Peter Gurr)
Olivia Hallinan, Simon Darwen and Leon Ockenden in rehearsal for Flare Path (photo Peter Gurr)

The producers of the forthcoming UK tour of Terence Rattigan’s FLARE PATH, directed by Justin Audibert, have announced 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 18th August at Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne (with the national press night, on 2nd 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 Dominic 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.
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Flare Path 2015 TOUR SCHEDULE
18 – 29 August Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne Now on sale
1 – 5 September Richmond Theatre Now on sale
7 – 12 September Theatre Royal, Bath On sale soon
15 – 19 September Festival Theatre, Malvern Now on sale
22 – 26 September Exeter Northcott Theatre  Now on sale
28 September – 3 October Cambridge Arts Theatre Now on sale
5 – 10 October Salisbury Playhouse Now on sale
12 – 17 October Theatre Royal Winchester Now on sale
19 – 24 October The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich Now on sale
3 – 7 November The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry On sale soon
10 – 14 November Liverpool Playhouse On sale soon
16-21 November The Palace Theatre, Southend Now on sale
23 – 28 November Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford On sale soon
Further dates and venues to be announced

Thursday 13th August 2015

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