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Cell Mates


Wormwood Scrubs Prison, London, 1961. One of Britain's most notorious double agents, George Blake, is serving a 42 year sentence - that is, until he strikes up an unlikely friendship with Irish petty criminal, Sean Bourke.
Cell Mates at Hampstead Theatre

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Overview


Genre: Drama

Director:
Edward Hall

Author:
Simon Gray

Running time: To be confirmed

Age suitability:
Not available

Background


Simon Gray's absorbing and deftly funny play, unperformed since 1995, explores how personal freedom is an illusion and even friendship must have carefully circumscribed limits in a world where deception is a reflex response.


Gray wrote more than 30 plays for stage and television, including Quartermaine's Terms, Butley, Otherwise Engaged, The Common Pursuit and Japes.


He also wrote five novels as well as a series of memoirs that include The Smoking Diaries trilogy and Coda.


Synopsis


"Spies betray people.


That's what we do.


It becomes a - a habit.


Difficult to break - even when it's not - not strictly necessary"


Wormwood Scrubs Prison, London, 1961.


One of Britain's most notorious double agents, George Blake, is serving a 42 year sentence - that is, until he strikes up an unlikely friendship with Irish petty criminal, Sean Bourke.


Both men are eccentric outsiders, and each sees the possibility of escape - and not just from prison - through the other.


But once on the outside, can their mutual dependence survive the mounting pressures they face from MI5, from the KGB - and indeed from themselves?


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Dates


Previews from: Thursday 30 November 2017

Press night: Thursday 7 December 2017

Closes: Saturday 20 January 2018

Performance days & times


Evening:

Monday ‑ 7‑30pm

Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm


Matinee:

Wednesday - 2-30pm (not 6 Dec)

Saturday - 3-00pm


Tickets


Previews:

Full price: £30/£27/£18


Under 30s/Students: £15/£10


Seniors (matinees only): £22/£20


Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free


Access: £16


Standard:

Mondays and matinees

Full price: £30/£27/£18


Tuesday - Saturday evenings

Full price: £37/£32/£25


Concessions:

Mondays and matinees

Under 30s/Students: £15/£10


Seniors (matinees only): £22/£20


Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free


Access: £16


Tuesday - Saturday evenings

Under 30s/Students: £15/£10


Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free


Access: £16


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Audio Described Performance:

Sat 20 Jan 3‑00pm Touch Tour Available


Captioned Performance:

Thu 18 Jan 7‑30pm


Cast


To be confirmed

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Director: Edward Hall
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