Playwright James Graham’s golden year gets even better, with a West End transfer today confirmed for Quiz, his Chichester Festival Theatre hit about the infamous Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? contestant Charles Ingram, who was convicted for cheating.
Quiz will transfer to the Noël Coward Theatre from 31 March 2018, with opening night on 10 April, running for a strictly limited season until 16 June.
Following on from the successes of Labour Of Love and Ink, both currently running in London’s Theatreland, Quiz marks a remarkable West End hat-trick for Graham. Director Daniel Evans’ production also marks the second London transfer for Chichester Festival Theatre – and the first to the West End – under the tenure of Evans as Artistic Director and Rachel Tackley as Executive Director.
James Graham commented, “Being given the chance to share Quiz with more people – and with the opportunity to develop and push our gameshow-meets-theatre concept even further – is beyond exciting for all of us.
“I would never have imagined years ago I’d get a chance to put any of my new plays into the West End. So to be able to return so quickly to the Noël Coward – which has been the happiest of homes for Labour Of Love – feels surprising, and properly humbling to have the trust, belief, and support in the show from our producers, the amazing Daniel Evans, and the team of actors and creators who help me tell this gobsmacking story of the so-called Coughing Major and the most successful game show of all time.”
Daniel Evans said today, “It’s been an enormous privilege to have presented James Graham’s Quiz as part of our inaugural season at Chichester. James is an exceptional writer with a knack for examining our recent history through an alternative lens. We’re thrilled to be able to revisit the production for the West End, and share Chichester’s work with a wider audience.”
A provocative re-examination of the conviction of Ingram, Quiz highlights the dangerous blending of entertainment, politics and justice today.
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