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Chichester Festival Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre present

Single Spies

By Alan Bennett
Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh

Festival Theatre


A dazzling double bill - witty, stylish, acute and humane - Bennett confirms his status as our finest contemporary playwright


A pair of miniature masterpieces


Following the success of The King’s Speech, Chichester Festival Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre collaborate once again on Alan Bennett’s comedy masterpiece. Olivier-nominated Rachel Kavanaugh returns to Chichester to direct a star cast including Nicholas Farrell (A Damsel in Distress, South Downs, The Browning Version, and The Lady In The Van), Belinda Lang (2point4 Children, Inspector Alleyn Mysteries) and David Robb (Downton Abbey, Wolf Hall, and The Young Victoria).

Bennett’s award-winning double-bill explores our fascination with Russian spies and royalty.

Chronicling the lives of two members of the notorious ‘Cambridge Five’ spy ring in the 1950s, 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 us a glimpse into a life full of espionage, secret identities and even an interrogation by the Queen.


A tremendous revival

Stage Review
The Argus

Cast & Creatives


  • Nicholas Farrell

    Guy Burgess / Chubb
  • Belinda Lang

    Coral Browne / HMQ
  • David Robb

    Tailor / Anthony Blunt
  • Giles Coram

  • Paul Grunert

    Shop Assistant / Restorer
  • Pamela Hardman

  • Simon Hepworth

  • Joseph Prowen

  • David Young

    Tolya / Philips

Creative team

Alan Bennett


Rachel Kavanaugh


Peter McKintosh

Set and Costume Designer

Tim Lutkin

Lighting Designer

Terry Davies


Dan Hoole

Sound Designer

Gabrielle Dawes

Casting Director


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Running Time
2 hours including the interval