Full casting has been announced for the UK tour of Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path.
Directed by Justin Audibert, Flare Path opens on 18th August at the Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne before visiting Richmond, Bath, Malvern, Exeter, Cambridge, Salisbury, Winchester, Ipswich, Coventry, Liverpool and Guildford.
As previously announced, the cast will be lead by: Leon Ockenden (pictured right) as Peter Kyle, Olivia Hallinan as Patricia Graham, Philip Franks as Squadron Leader Swanson and Alastair Whatley as Flight Lieutenant Graham (Teddy).
They will be joined by: Adam Best as Flying Officer Count Skriczevinsky, James Cooney as Percy, Simon Darwen as Sergeant Miller (Dusty), Stephanie Jacob as Mrs Oakes, Shvorne Marks as Mrs Miller (Maudie), Siobhan O’Kelly as Countess Skriczevinsky (Doris), William Reay as Corporal Jones (Wiggy) and Holly Smith as Maid.
Based on Rattigan’s experiences as a tail gunner during World War II, Flare Path paints an evocative portrait of life in wartime Britain for the life-and-death existence of the RAF bomber crews, and their wives and sweethearts who were left waiting their return.
Set in 1942 against a backdrop of heartache and quiet bravery, Flare Path tells the story of former actress Patricia, the wife of RAF pilot Teddy, whose marriage is tested to the limits by the surprise arrival of Patricia’s ex‐lover and Hollywood idol Peter Kyle. An unexpected and dangerous mission over Germany puts Patricia at the centre of an emotional conflict as unpredictable as the war in the skies.
Flare Path will have Set and Costume Design by Hayley Grindle, Lighting Design by Alex Wardleand Sound Design by Dom Bilkey.
Most recently seen in London’s West End in 2011, in a production directed by Trevor Nunn starring Sheridan Smith and Sienna Miller, this major revival of Flare Path comes from the producers behind the recent touring production of Birdsong.