Susan Traherne is a former secret agent. Her heroic work with the Special Operations Executive in Nazi-occupied France brought her extremes of danger, as well as adventures and romance.
Twenty years on she is living a very different existence in London, as the wealthy wife of a diplomat. Her strained marriage and altered circumstances have threatened her identity and trapped her in a destructive nostalgia for her wartime idealism.
In a post-war land of plenty, Susan battles for her own body and mind, as Britain loses its role in the world.
Using a non-linear structure, the drama dips backwards and forwards in time to explore how the past and present coexist.
On its first appearance at the National Theatre in 1978, David Hare’s play caused a furore, and is now accepted as one of the great modern classics. David Hare’s previous plays for Chichester include South Downs (2011) and Young Chekhov (2015).
Kate Hewitt directs, following her acclaimed production of Cock (Festival 2018). Her productions also include Frost/Nixon at Sheffield and Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train at the Young Vic.
Rachael Stirling’s recent work includes Medea (Headlong) and The Winter’s Tale (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), and The Bletchley Circle and Detectorists on television.
Rory Keenan's recent stage work includes Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Chichester 2015), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (West End and New York) and Saint Joan (Donmar).
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Our programmes are designed to be the perfect insightful companion to the production. This programme includes an article written by Daniel Rosenthal about the history of Plenty on stage and screen, a piece by David Stafford about the women of Britain's Special Operations Exective (SOE) , a brief background to the Suez Crisis in addition to a piece about the role of RAF Tangmere during WWII by David Coxon. There is also the usual rehearsal photography, biographies, events and news from the Theatre.
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