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Q&A with Stephanie Street from the cast of QUIZ | Noël Coward Theatre

Henry Pettigrew, Stephanie Street & Keir Charles in QUIZ at Chichester Festival Theatre Photo Johan Persson
Henry Pettigrew, Stephanie Street & Keir Charles in QUIZ at Chichester Festival Theatre Photo Johan Persson

James Graham’s new play, Quiz, transfers to the Noël Coward Theatre, running from 31st March 2018 to 16th June 2018. Following the success of Ink and Labour of Love, Quiz completes a hat-trick of productions in the West End for Graham in less than a year.

Daniel Evans, directs Keir Charles, Greg Haiste, Mark Meadows, Henry Pettigrew, Gavin Spokes, Stephanie Street, Jay Villiers, Lizzie Winkler and Sarah Woodward who reprise their roles from the run at Chichester Festival Theatre. They are joined by Sharon Ballard.

Stephanie Street, who plays the part of Diana Ingram, chats with us about QUIZ.

Q: You were in the cast at Chichester’s Festival’s Theatre for the run in 2017 – can you tell us about your time there?
Stephanie: I had a fantastic time in Chichester. The audience there are so theatre literate, they are so open to challenge and provocation. And this show definitely challenges a whole host of things we think we know.

Q: What does it mean to you to transfer to the West End?
Stephanie: After seventeen years acting, this is my first time in the West End, so I’m over the moon! It’s also really great to get the chance to share this show with a much wider audience.

Q: What have you enjoyed most about being in the production?
Stephanie: Quiz is a joyous, entertaining piece of ensemble theatre. We are a very close company and have a great time telling this story. And on a serious note, James Graham has weaved his usual magic – Quiz is about a specific moment in history but it says some absolutely vital things about the world we are living in today and our relationship with the media.

Q: Can you tell us about Diana Ingram, the character that you play and how she fits into the storyline?
Stephanie: Diana went on Millionaire before Charles and won £32000. She is fiercely bright and although Charles is a much bigger presence, she has immense strength and purpose. Crucially they, as a couple, have endured so much since he was accused of cheating, and amazingly they have stayed together through it all. This play talks about big questions of truth and justice but it’s also a beautiful account of an extraordinary relationship.

Q: What is at the heart of the show?
Stephanie: The Ingrams’ lives were totally taken apart by the scandal. At the heart of this play is a couple of very normal, slightly eccentric people who were crushed by people in power and managed to stay standing.

Q: Why should everyone get along to see Quiz?
Stephanie: Because it’s a great night out, there’s a real pub quiz that takes place in every show that you could win, AND it will hopefully change the way you think about things!

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Stephanie Street plays Diana Ingram. Her theatre credits include Behind the Beautiful Forevers, King James Bible: Gospel According to John, Nightwatchmen (National Theatre), Constellations (Singapore Repertory Theatre), Shades (Royal Court Theatre), The Big Fellah, Mixed Up North (Out of Joint) and Sisters which she also wrote (Sheffield Theatres). For television, her work includes Hank Zipzer, Silk, DCI Banks, Hens and Primeval; and for film, Attack the Block.

William Village, Playful Productions and Chichester Festival Theatre present the Chichester Festival Theatre production of
QUIZ
By James Graham
Director: Daniel Evans; Designer: Robert Jones; Lighting Designer: Tim Lutkin
Music and Sound: Ben and Max Ringham; Video Designer: Tim Reid
Movement Director: Naomi Said; Casting Director: Charlotte Sutton CDG

QUIZ
Noel Coward Theatre
London
31st March 2018 – 16th June 2018

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