About the showFollowing a smash-hit run at Chichester Festival Theatre, James Graham’s new play Quiz transfers to the West End to play a limited season at the Noel Coward Theatre. Pushing a unique gameshow-meets-theatre concept, the play is based on the infamous ‘coughing Major’ scandal on a popular TV quiz show.
In 2001, contestant Charles Ingram cheated his way to the top of the show to win the jackpot on Chris Tarrant’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. With the help of his wife Diana, Charles managed to scoop one million pounds after some tactical coughs let him know the correct answers to the most difficult questions.
Exploring Britain’s love for television quiz shows, Graham’s new play asks how he managed to do it, and what the consequences were. James Graham has proved to be one of the most topical writers of the year, producing West End smash-hits This House, Ink and Labour of Love, which starred Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig.
Casting includes Gavin Spokes (Carousel, Guys and Dolls) as Charles Ingram, alongside Stephanie Street as Diana Ingram and Keir Charles (The Lottery of Love, A Christmas Carol) as host Chris Tarrant. Further casting includes Greg Haiste, Mark Meadows, Henry Pettigrew, Jay Villiers, Lizzie Winkler, Sarah Woodward and Sharon Ballard.
Artistic Director of Chichester Daniel Evans (Show Boat) directs the production, which features choreography by Naomi Said, design by Robert Jones, lighting design by Tim Lutkin, sound design by Ben and Max Ringham, and video design by Tim Reid.
A funny, engrossing and pertinent play that earned five-star reviews from London’s major critics, Quiz plays at the Noel Coward Theatre for a strictly limited season. The production plays from April 10th to June 16th 2018, with previews beginning March 31st 2018.
Who Should See It?Anyone who knows James Graham’s work will recognise his signature style in this play. Those who have seen Labour of Love and Ink will be thrilled by the return of the famous playwright.
Quiz is suitable for all ages, but is not recommended for young children.