Flare Path (2016)

Flare Path (2016)

TERENCE RATTIGAN

FLARE PATH (2016)

Against a backdrop of heartache and quiet bravery, Rattigan weaves a classic love story between RAF pilot Teddy celebrating a reunion at a Lincolnshire hotel with his actress wife Patricia which is tested 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.

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Flare Path is the epic wartime romance by celebrated playwright Terence Rattigan. “I was very moved by this play. It is a masterpiece” Winston Churchill  

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 RAF bomber crews, their wives and sweethearts, who were left awaiting 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, as their 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. Combining 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. With heart tugging, human emotion, Flare Path opens an unforgettable window into a pivotal moment in our history.

Recently seen in London’s West End, this brand new production will be directed by rising star Justin Audibert (RSC, Young Vic, West Yorkshire Playhouse). This major revival comes from the producers behind the hit touring production of Birdsong

Hits the emotional target as exactly as it should. “A rallying-cry for decency and home-front heroism - I recommend it heartily”

★ ★ ★ ★ The Daily Telegraph

“Full of passionate intensity… The play has the virtue of authenticity”

The Guardian

” It is impossible not to be lured by the romance of sacrifice and self-discipline which was embodied by the RAF.”

The Daily Mail

“A terrific play, perfectly constructed

★ ★ ★ ★ Libby Purves, TheatreCat

if Flare Path is a period piece, its values still shine brightly.’ 

York Press

Peter Kyle: Lynden Edwards
Patricia Graham: Hedydd Dylan
Squadron Leader Swanson: Graham Seed
Flight Lieutenant Graham (Teddy): Daniel Fraser
Flying Officer Count Skriczevinsky: William Reay
Sergeant Miller (Dusty): Jamie Hogarth 
Percy: Charlie G. Hawkins
Maudie Miller: Polly Hughes
Countess Skriczevinsky (Doris): Claire Andreadis
Mrs Oakes: Audrey Palmer

Betty: Emma Carter 

CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by Justin Audibert

Set & Costume Designed by Hayley Grindle

Lighting by Alex Wardle for Charcoalblue

Sound by Dominic Bilkey

Casting by Anne Vosser

Associate Director Jonathan Kelly

Costume Supervisor Antonia Day

Movement Director Lucy Cullingford

Voice & Dialect Coach Tim Charrington

Military Advisor Tony Green

CSM   James Ingram

DSM   Julia Nimmo

ASM   Emma Carter

Tech ASM Matt Doidge

Wardrobe   Sophia Khan

 

27 – 30 January Connaught Theatre, Worthing

2 – 6 February Oxford Playhouse

10 – 13 February Buxton Opera House

15 – 20 February Theatre Royal Windsor

23 – 27 February Grand Theatre, Blackpool

29 February – 5 March Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

7 – 12 March Mercury Theatre, Colchester

15 – 19 March His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen

22 – 26 March Theatre Clwyd, Mold

29 March – 2 April Swan Theatre, High Wycombe

5 – 9 April Orchard Theatre, Dartford

12 – 16 April Civic Theatre, Darlington

19 – 23 April Derby Theatre

25 – 30 April Birmingham Rep Theatre

2 – 7 May Theatre Royal York

Tour Blog

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