Wednesday 22 February 2006
Theatre Royal, Bath

The Old Country

Timothy West

By Alan Bennett.
Directed by Stephen Unwin.

Timothy West leads a stellar cast as Hilary, a British spy living in exile with his wife. One of a group of young Englishmen who defied their loyalties in the 1930s to join the Soviet intelligence service, Hilary is a traitor to king, country and kind. As the boundaries blur between his old and new lives, the group are forced to examine their future allegiances.

Alan Bennett is one of Britain's best loved dramatists. The author of modern day classics such as Talking Heads, Single Spies, The Lady in the Van, The Madness of George III and The History Boys, Bennett received an Olivier Award in 2005 for his Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre. A collection of Alan Bennett's writings, Untold Stories, has recently been published. The Old Country was premiered in 1977 and this is its first major revival.