Flare Path (2015)

TERENCE RATTIGAN

FLARE PATH (2015)

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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Show, reviews, cast and production details

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

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/flare-path-richmond-theatre-review/

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

The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/sep/03/flare-path-review-conflict-and-passion-tidily-collided?CMP=twt_a-stage_b-gdnstage

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

The Daily Mail

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3221832/QUENTIN-LETTS-reviews-Hatched-n-Dispatched.html

“A terrific play, perfectly constructed

★ ★ ★ ★

Libby Purves, TheatreCat

http://theatrecat.com/2015/09/02/flare-path-richmond-theatre-and-touring/

Peter Kyle: Leon Ockendon
Patricia: Graham: Olivia Hallinan
Squadron Leader Swanson: Philip Franks
Flight Lieutenant Graham (Teddy): Alastair Whatley
Flying Officer Count Skriczevinsky: Adam Best
Sergeant Miller (Dusty): Simon Darwen 
Corporal Jones (Wiggy): William Reay
Percy: James Cooney
Countess Skriczevinsky (Doris): Siobhan O’Kelly 
Mrs Oakes: Stephanie Jacobs

Maid: Holly Smith 

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

CREW

CSM Ian Slater

Wardrobe Master  David Morgan

DSM Lauren Barclay

TECH ASM Paul Williams

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Theatre Royal Winchester

The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Liverpool Playhouse

Palace Theatre, Southend

Yvonne-Arnuad Theatre, Guildford

 

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