The highly acclaimed Terence Rattigan play, Flare Path is to be staged at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen in March – currently the only Scottish date on its 2016 national tour.
Award winning broadcaster and actor Graham Seed is to head the cast in the role of Squadron Leader Swanson, with Lynden Edwards as Peter Kyle, Hedydd Dylan as Patricia Graham, Claire Andreadis as Countess Skriczevinsky, William Reay as Flying Officer Count Skriczevinsky and Corporal Jones (Wiggy), Jamie Hogarth as Sergeant Miller (Dusty), Charlie G Hawkins (EastEnders) as Percy, Polly Hughes as Mrs Miller and Emma Carter as Betty. Further casting is to be announced.
Graham Seed is perhaps best known for playing Nigel Pargetter in the BBC radio series The Archers for 27 years until his dramatic exit at the beginning of 2011. He is the recipient of the Broadcaster of the Year Awards 2010 from the Broadcasting Press Guild and the Voice of Listener & Viewer Special Award 2010.
His recent work in theatre includes An Audience with Jimmy Savile opposite Alistair McGowan (London’s Park Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015), The Mousetrap (National Tour), Yes Prime Minister (National Tour) and Toad of Toad Hall (West End).
Lynden Edwards’s West End credits include Mr Lindquist and Carl Magnus in Trevor Nunn’s Tony Award-winning production of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music (Garrick & Menier Theatres), Les Miserables (Palace Theatre) and The Mousetrap (St Martin’s Theatre).
Hedydd Dylan’s recent theatre credits include The Watchman/Cassandra/Cilissa/Athene in The Oresteia (HOME Theatre), Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Jackie Oppenheimer in Oppenheimer and Jane Damport in The Shoemaker’s Holiday (all for the Royal Shakespeare Company).
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, it 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.
The play combines highly charged drama with a truly authentic taste of the fear, camaraderie and passion experienced by the men and women who fought to save their country, their families and each other.
Directed by Justin Audibert, Flare Path will have set and costume design by Hayley Grindle, lighting design by Alex Wardle and sound design by Dominic Bilkey. And is produced on tour by Alastair Whatley for The Original Theatre Company and Anne-Marie Woodley and Jon Woodley for Birdsong Productions Ltd.
Flare Path will run for a week at His Majesty’s Theatre from Tuesday, March 15, and tickets are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.