From one of the nation’s most celebrated writers of recent years, Alan Bennett’s comedy masterpiece Single Spies is brought to life by Chichester Festival Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre, collaborating again following the huge success of The King’s Speech.

Bennett’s award-winning comedy consists of two acts, An Englishman Abroad and A Question of Attribution, and explores our fascination with Russian spies and royalty. Following the lives of two members of the notorious Cambridge Five spy ring in the 1950s, Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt, these witty and compelling plays span the globe from Moscow to London.

With forgery, fraud and hilarious blunders, Single Spies gives us a glimpse into a life full of espionage, secret identities and even an interrogation by the Queen.

Olivier Award-nominated Rachel Kavanaugh directs a star cast including:
Nicholas Farrell (The Browning Version, The Lady In The Van, The Iron Lady and Legend)
Belinda Lang (2point4 Children, Inspector Alleyn Mysteries)
David Robb (Downton Abbey, Wolf Hall, and The Young Victoria)



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“Utterly compelling”
What’s On

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“Plenty of humour”

“Hooks, grips and beguiles”
Daily Telegraph

“A five star belter”
The Birmingham Press

“A fascinating, compelling watch with wit galore”
Daily Spectacle

“A treat…the plays sparkle like champagne”
Bum On A Seat

“A witty and charming performance with a highly impressive script and formidable acting”
Sincerely, Amy

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“A sumptuous production”
Stage Reviews

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“Poignant and cleverly written”
The Reviews Hub

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Stage Review

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“A pair of miniature masterpieces”
The Times

“A dazzling double bill – witty, stylish, acute and humane – Bennett confirms his status as our finest contemporary playwright”
The Independent

“One of Bennett’s funniest and most affectionate plays”
The Observer

“Emerges as a minor masterpiece”
The Guardian

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