Theatre News

Rattigan's Flare Path revived for national tour

The production opens in September

Terence Rattigan's play Flare Path will be revived for a national tour opening in the Autumn.

Produced by the same team behind Birdsong, Flare Path will be directed by Justin Audibert, who is currently directing The Jew of Malta for The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Flare Path will open on 2 September 2015 (previews from 17 August) at Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne, before touring to Richmond, Bath, Malvern, Exeter, Cambridge, Ipswich, Coventry and Guildford with further dates to be announced.

Based on Rattigan’s experiences as a tail gunner during World War II, the play centres on the life-and-death existence of the RAF bomber crews, and their wives and sweethearts who were left waiting their return.

Flare Path was revived by Trevor Nunn in the West End in 2011 starring Sienna Miller, James Purefoy and Sheridan Smith.

Casting for the tour is still to be announced. Set and costume design is by Hayley Grindle, lighting design by Alex Wardle and sound design by Dom Bilkey.

It's produced by Alastair Whatley for The Original Theatre Company and Anne-Marie Woodley and Jon Woodley for Birdsong Productions Ltd.