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Single Spies

Single Spies
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Alan Bennett
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 60
Pub. Date: 1991
ISBN-10: 057301891X
ISBN-13: 9780573018916
Cast Size: 2 women, 9 men

About the Play:

Winner of the 1990 Olivier Award for Best Comedy

Single Spies is a full-length comedic drama by Alan Bennett. Single Spies is the collective name for this double bill of one-act plays about two of the most celebrated spies of modern times: Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt. These amusing and compelling plays span the globe from Moscow to London. With forgery, fraud and hilarious blunders, Single Spies gives your audience a glimpse into a life full of espionage, secret identities and even an interrogation by the Queen.

An Englishman Abroad (originally a television play) is a dramatized account of the actual meeting between the Australian actress Coral Browne and shunned Soviet spy Guy Burgess in Moscow in 1958, a time when his isolation had led to alcoholism and longings for home. An Englishman Abroad is a wry and touching play which chronicles the pair's fleeting friendship and Burgess' attempts to cling to his way of life as a Soviet citizen.

A Question of Attribution gives your audience a glimpse into Anthony Blunt's life of espionage within the very walls of Buckingham Palace. Following his double-life as an art historian to royalty and a Soviet spy, this witty tale of forgery and deceit culminates in a sharp and candid interrogation from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II herself.

Cast: 2 women, 9 men

Single Spies premiered in 1988 at the National Theatre's Lyttelton stage in London, attracted turn-away crowds, and won the 1990 Olivier Award for Best Comedy. The play has been performed in regional repertory, college, and community theatre productions.

What people say:

"Alan Bennett's classic 1988 double bill explodes the myth of the secret agent as a sex-mad, gun-toting, fast car-driving charmer. Single Spies – subdivided into An Englishman Abroad and A Question of Attribution – tells of two of Britain's most famous, Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt, neither of whom appears to be having a particularly good time." — TimeOut (London)

About the Playwright:

Alan Bennett has been one of England's leading dramatists since the success of Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s. Now regarded as perhaps the premier English dramatist of his generation, he has written ten stage plays, three screenplays, eight television documentaries, and over thirty plays for television. His work focuses on the everyday and the mundane; on people with typically British characteristics and obsessions. He has won multiple awards for all aspects of his work including his writing and acting and has declined both a CBE and a knighthood.

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