Single Spies

Two one act plays from Alan Bennett: An Englishman Abroad and A Question of Attribution.
Single Spies at Putney Arts Theatre

Image: Putney Arts Theatre


Genre: Drama
Venue: Putney Arts Theatre
Started: Tuesday 16 October 2018
Closed: Saturday 20 October 2018
Running time:To be confirmed
Age suitability: Not available


Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.


Alan Bennett's title for his two one-act plays is taken from Hamlet, "When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions".

'An Englishman Abroad' covers a factual meeting of the Australian-American actress Coral Browne and the 'Cambridge spy' Guy Burgess in Moscow in 1958.

Miss Browne is touring in Hamlet, visits Burgess in his state-provided flat and observes the shabby circumstances of his exile.

Their exchanges are sharp, witty and poignant.

'A Question of Attribution', is Bennett's fantasy on a meeting that never happened.

The austere but acerbically witty grandee, Sir Anthony Blunt ('The Fifth man') is Keeper of Queen's Pictures in the late 60's and we have him trading thoughts on the very essence of fakery and artistic deception with the Queen, who happens on him in a corridor in Buckingham Palace as he hangs a 'fake' Titian portrait.

Alan Bennett's mastery of dry, witty dialogue has never been bettered.

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Previews from:Tuesday 16 October 2018

Closes:Saturday 20 October 2018

Performance days & times


Tuesday ‑ 7‑45pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑45pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑45pm

Friday ‑ 7‑45pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑45pm

Saturday - 3-00pm





Under 21s and Full time students £8


Author: Alan Bennett

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