Rory Bremner, Britain’s top satirical impressionist and renowned comedian, stars as Chris Tarrant in James Graham’s thrilling and provocative drama, Quiz. The production explores the real-life story of Charles Ingram, aka the Coughing Major, who conned the world’s most popular TV quiz show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire out of £1,000,000. Or did he?
Nominated for two Olivier Awards including Best New Comedy, James Graham’s smash hit play, Quiz, transferred to London’s West End with sensational reviews in 2018, following a sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre. And in 2020, millions tuned in to see the three-part ITV adaptation starring Michael Sheen, Matthew Macfadyen and Sian Clifford.
Quiz now returns to Chichester Festival Theatre before embarking on a 9-week UK tour from 22 September to 2 December 2023, with press night on 28 September 2023.
Rory is ‘a one-man opposition party’ (Daily Telegraph). As a mimic, he’s provided definitive impersonations of PMs and Presidents from Major, Blair, Cameron and Brown, to Clinton, Bush and Trump. As himself, he’s been a presenter, writer, quiz-show host, actor, translator and even (briefly) ballroom dancer (Strictly Come Dancing, 2011).
Rory Bremner says “I’m very excited about this; not just the challenge of playing Chris Tarrant in long form but bringing the scandal that really caught the public’s imagination to a live audience every night. What really happened? The jury’s out- and this time it’s you!
I didn’t have to phone-a-friend. It wasn’t even 50/50. This was a role I had to take on, with A: a brilliant director; B: a terrific script; C: a different audience live each night; and D: a story that divides opinion to this day. Final answer? Ask the audience!”
September 2001: the nation is gripped by a scandal that remains, to this day, a mystery.
In an outrageously audacious heist, Charles Ingram, aka the Coughing Major, and his accomplices duped the world’s most popular TV quiz show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, out of £1,000,000.
Or did they?
And if they did cheat, how did they really do it?
Uncovering new evidence, it’s time to ask you, the audience, to put fingers on keypads and answer the ultimate 50/50: guilty or not guilty?
Quiz is directed by Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre, Daniel Evans and Seán Linnen with design by Robert Jones, and produced by Jonathan Church Theatre Productions and Wessex Grove, by arrangement with William Village. Lighting by Ryan Day, composition and sound design by Ben and Max Ringham, with video by Tim Reid and casting by Ginny Schiller CDG
QUIZ is a fictional imagination based on real events which took place in 2001 following an episode of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? It is not in any way connected with the makers of the programme or any of the individuals portrayed. The television programme Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? is produced by 2waytraffic.
ON TOUR FROM 18 SEPTEMBER 2023 – 2 DECEMBER 2023
WRITTEN BY JAMES GRAHAM
DIRECTED BY DANIEL EVANS AND SEÁN LINNEN
PRODUCED BY JONATHAN CHURCH THEATRE PRODUCTIONS & WESSEX GROVE, BY ARRANGEMENT WITH WILLIAM VILLAGE
LIGHTING BY RYAN DAY
COMPOSITION AND SOUND DESIGN BY BEN AND MAX RINGHAM
VIDEO BY TIM REID
CASTING BY GINNY SCHILLER CDG
Press Night: Thursday 28 September
DATES and VENUES
Chichester, Festival Theatre
22 Sept – 30 Sept 2023 01243 781312
Newcastle, Theatre Royal
03 Oct – 07 Oct 2023 08448 11 21 21
Glasgow, King’s Theatre
10 Oct – 14 Oct 2023 0333 009 6690
Cardiff, New Theatre
17 Oct – 21 Oct 20203 02920 878 889
Salford, Lowry Theatre
24 Oct – 28 Oct 2023 0343 208 6000
Norwich, Theatre Royal
31 Oct – 4 Nov 2023 01603 630 000
Bromley, Churchill Theatre
06 Nov – 11 Nov 2023 020 3285 6000
Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre
14 Nov – 18 Nov 2023 01227 787787
Bath, Theatre Royal
20 Nov – 25 Nov 2023 01225 448844
Birmingham, Alexandra Theatre
28 Nov – 02 Dec 2023 020 7206 1174