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Quiz

A new play by James Graham

Minerva Theatre

Overview

A tour de force. Simultaneously joyful and profound

WhatsOnStage
 

Thoroughly entertaining. Daniel Evans, finishing his box-office bonanza of a first year at Chichester with a flourish, has a winner on his hands

Daily Telegraph
 

Fascinating. Graham at his best

Times
 

Full of kaleidoscopic razzmatazz

Guardian
 

Smart and compelling

The Stage
 
i Newspaper
 
Sunday Times
 
Financial Times
 
Mail on Sunday

Is Quiz:

A) The world premiere of a new play by acclaimed writer James Graham?

B) A provocative re-examination of the conviction of Charles Ingram, ‘the coughing Major’, for cheating, following his appearance on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

C) A hilarious celebration of the great tradition of the British quiz show?

D) A razor-sharp analysis of the 21st century’s dangerous new attitude to truth and lies?

Answer: You decide.

James Graham’s hit play This House transferred to the West End following sell-out runs during Festival 2016 and at the National Theatre. Graham’s other work for theatre in the UK and US, and on screen, includes The Vote, Finding Neverland, Privacy, Coalition and X+Y.

Daniel Evans recently directed David Mamet’s American Buffalo in the West End; his productions at Sheffield Theatres included Lucy Prebble’s The Effect and David Hare’s Racing Demon.

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Festival 2017 pricing information

This production is a fictional imagination based on real events which took place in 2001 following an episode of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? It is not in any way connected with the makers of the programme or any of the individuals portrayed.

Prologue tickets now on sale

Reviews

A tour de force, a brilliant blend of court case and quiz show which asks profound questions about the way the values of light entertainment have distorted our institutions. Daniel Evans' fluent, light-handed direction keeps things moving beautifully. And once Gavin Spokes' appealingly bumbling Major finds himself hesitating over questions posed by Chris Tarrant, his intonations and mannerisms perfectly impersonated by Keir Charles, the drama grips like Greek tragedy.

WhatsOnStage
 

The second half is Graham at his best as he contrasts the quiz show format with the subsequent court case against Ingram, featuring a stellar performance by Sarah Woodward as his QC. Quiz bristles with detail, not to mention game show razzmatazz, aided by a flash set by Robert Jones complete with a neon cube inside a moving circular walkway.

Times
 

With Quiz, his typically thorough and thoroughly entertaining treatment of the “coughing Major” controversy that beset ITV’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire? in 2001, Graham, theatre’s golden boy, has hit the jack-pot again. Daniel Evans, finishing his box-office bonanza of a first year at Chichester with a flourish, directs with the certain inside knowledge that he has a winner on his hands. Phone a friend and go.

Daily Telegraph
 

Full of kaleidoscopic razzmatazz Daniel Evans’s production matches exactly the play’s restless vivacity, Robert Jones’s design is cleverly built around a revolving, illuminated cube and most of the 12-strong cast play multiple roles.

Guardian
 

Graham and director Daniel Evans expertly ratchet up the tension – and the possible doubts advanced by defence attorney Sonia Woodley QC (a persuasive and determined Sarah Woodward) – on a story whose outcome we already know. Designer Robert Jones’ set consists of a rotating cube of strip lights for the main TV studio that also seamlessly doubles up as the courtroom.

Gavin Spokes offers an utterly inhabited portrait of Ingram, wearing his strange unease with a plausible sense of ambiguity, while Stephanie Street is simultaneously sympathetic and determined as his wife Diana.

The Stage
 

Quiz exposes the wonderfully shallow cardboard pedigree of the genre, and Keir Charles’ pitch-perfect portrayal of all the great game show hosts – not least Millionaire’s Chris Tarrant – sets the tone

i Newspaper
 

James Graham has done more to bring matters of civic engagement into popular theatre than any writer in a generation.

Financial Times
 

Graham asks serious questions in the most inventive ways

Sunday Times
 

James Graham has two smashes already running in London. In West Sussex he now has another hit on his hands with this sparkling new play. It’s a major coughing hit!

Mail on Sunday
 

James Graham, possibly the finest playwright of his generation, takes opposing views surrounding the saga and turns it into a gripping cautionary tale. Ingeniously constructed. Daniel Evans’s nimble production is brash, bold and thought-provoking.

Metro

A spinning-on-its-heels play that confirms Daniel Evans’s sure touch as director and runner of a theatre. This is another example of how Evans’s Chichester is flourishing – I’d be surprised if Quiz did not move smartly to the West End.

Observer
 

James Graham’s new play is a sharp-edged, finally rather poignant comedy. Characteristically intelligent and twistily playful, set on a hellishly shiny neon-edged TV-studio floor, the play explores the crossover between the serious and logical worlds of law and of democracy and the shimmer , manipulation and deception of light entertainment.

Libby Purves for Theatrecat

Chichester Festival Theatre’s 2017 summer season is signing off with an impressive final flourish, a sparky, snappy production delivered with panache and imagination.

Director Daniel Evans gives the whole piece pace and fizz; Gavin Spokes and Stephanie Street are excellent. But the show stealer is Keir Charles as Who Wants To Be A Millionaire host Chris Tarrant. It’s amusing, slick, intriguing and very, very provocative. In other words, everything you’d want new writing to be.

Chichester Observer

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Running Time
2 hours and 40 minutes including the interval