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King’s Ciphers for Bush 2014

Published 6 June 2013

Ciphers, a new play by award-winning playwright Dawn King, is to open at the Bush theatre next year following a UK tour.

Playing from 14 January (press night 16 January) to 8 February at the Shepherd’s Bush venue, the production tells the story of a woman who, following the death of her sister, embarks on a journey to discover what happened. As she stumbles into a world of secrets and subterfuge, she comes to question just who her sister really was and how well you can ever know someone who lies for a living.

A co-production by Out Of Joint, Exeter’s Northcott theatre and the Bush, Ciphers will receive its world premiere at the Northcott theatre before touring to Cheltenham, Bristol, Oxford, Edinburgh, Warwick, London and Salisbury.

The production will be directed by Blanche McIntyre whose work was most recently seen on the London stage in Liar, Liar at the Unicorn. The director, whose other credits include When Did You Last See My Mother? at the Trafalgar Studios and Repentance / Behind The Lines as part of ANGLE at the Bush, previously worked with King on her debut play Foxfinder, which played to critical acclaim at the Finborough theatre in 2011.

Talking about the forthcoming production, the Bush’s Artistic Director Madani Younis said: “’I hugely admired Foxfinder and am delighted to be co-producing Dawn’s latest play Ciphers and welcoming the talented Blanche McIntyre back to the Bush to direct this time for our main stage. It is also a great pleasure to partner with the remarkable Out Of Joint and Exeter Northcott theatre and support the presentation of the best of new writing both at our home in London and across the UK.”

Billed as “a smart and provocative thriller about spies, double agents and the opaqueness of the human soul”, Ciphers will open at the Bush theatre following Tom Wells’ new play Jumpers For Goalposts, which will play at the venue from 26 November to 21 December.


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