Cast announced for the West End premiere of Quiz

Cast announced for the West End premiere of Quiz

Updated On: May 1, 2018
By Parissima Darabiha
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    The cast has been announced for the West End premiere of James Graham's sensational new play, Quiz, which opens at the Noel Coward Theatre this March.

    Following the success of Ink and Labour of LoveQuiz completes a hat-trick of productions in the West End for James Graham in less than a year. Original cast members Keir Charles, Greg Haiste, Mark Meadows, Henry Pettigrew, Gavin Spokes, Stephanie Street, Jay Villiers, Lizzie Winkler and Sarah Woodward are set to reprise their roles from the run at Chichester Festival Theatre. They are joined by Sharon Ballard.

    A provocative re-examination of the case against Charles Ingram (the ‘coughing Major’) for cheating on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?Quiz ‘highlights the dangerous blending of entertainment, politics and justice today’ (Sunday Times). Quiz opens at the Noel Coward Theatre on 10 April 2018, with previews from 31 March, for a strictly limited London season until 16 June 2018.

    James Graham’s theatre work includes Labour of Love (Noël Coward Theatre), Ink (Almeida Theatre and West End – nominated for Best Play at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards), This House (National Theatre and West End – Olivier Award nominations), The Vote (Donmar Warehouse, broadcast live on More4 on election night and nominated for Best Live Event at the BAFTA TV awards) and the Broadway musical Finding Neverland.

    Sharon Ballard’s theatre work includes Sleeping Beauty (Hackney Empire), All Bob’s Women (Arts Theatre) and Godspell (UK tour).

    Keir Charles plays Chris Tarrant. For theatre, his work includes The Lottery of Love (Orange Tree Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Noël Coward Theatre), The Merchant of Venice and The Taming of the Shrew (RSC), Mydidae (Trafalgar Studios and Soho Theatre), The Winter’s Tale (Sheffield Theatres) and Incomplete and Random Acts of Kindness (Royal Court Theatre).

    Greg Haiste’s theatre work includes Peter and the Starcatcher (Royal and Derngate), Nell Gwynn (Shakespeare’s Globe and Apollo Theatre), Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe), The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre) and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Rose Theatre Kingston).

    Mark Meadows’ theatre work includes Six Pictures of Lee Miller (Chichester Festival Theatre), Tartuffe (Tobacco Factory), Flowers for Mrs Harris, High Society (Sheffield Theatres) and Urinetown (St James Theatre and Apollo Theatre).

    Henry Pettigrew’s theatre work includes The Effect, Straight (Sheffield Theatres), Pitcairn (Chichester Festival Theatre/ Shakespeare’s Globe/Out of Joint), The Master and Margarita (Complicité), Anna Christie (Donmar Warehouse), Hamlet (Donmar West End), Beautiful Burnout (Frantic Assembly), Black Watch (National Theatre of Scotland) and Troilus and Cressida (RSC).

    Gavin Spokes plays Charles Ingram. His theatre work includes Against (Almeida Theatre), Carousel (ENO), Guys and Dolls (Phoenix Theatre – Olivier Award nomination), One Man Two Guvnors (National Theatre, West End and UK tour), 1984 (Almeida Theatre, Playhouse Theatre and UK tour) and The Wind in the Willows (Royal and Derngate).

    Stephanie Street plays Diana Ingram. Her theatre credits include Behind the Beautiful Forevers, King James Bible: Gospel According to John, Nightwatchmen (National Theatre), Constellations (Singapore Repertory Theatre), Shades (Royal Court Theatre), The Big Fellah, Mixed Up North (Out of Joint) and Sisters (Sheffield Theatres).

    Jay Villiers’ theatre work includes Mansfield Park (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Winslow Boy (The Old Vic), In Praise of Love (Royal and Derngate), Betrayal (Bristol Old Vic), and Ting Tang Mine, Fathers and Sons and Six Characters in Search of an Author (National Theatre). 

    Lizzie Winkler’s theatre work includes Hobson’s Choice (Chichester Festival Theatre), Frankenstein (National Theatre), Rebecca (Kneehigh), Boeing-Boeing (Sheffield Theatres) and The County Wife (Royal Exchange Manchester). 

    Sarah Woodward’s work includes This House (Chichester, West End), Nell Gwynn (Shakespeare’s Globe and Apollo Theatre), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Gielgud Theatre), Rape of Lucrece (Almeida Theatre), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Playhouse Theatre), The Real Thing (Donmar Warehouse, West End and Broadway – Tony Award nomination) and Tom and Clem (Aldwych Theatre – Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor). 

    Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre Daniel Evans' work includes Fiddler on the Roof (Chichester), Show Boat (also West End), Oliver! (Best Musical Production, WhatsOnStage Awards 2015), This Is My Family (UK Theatre Award for Best Musical Production), The Full Monty (UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production) and My Fair Lady (Best Musical Production, WhatsOnStage Awards 2014). 

    Quiz is a fictional imagination based on real events which took place in 2001 following an episode of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?. It is not in any way connected with the makers of the programme or any of the individuals portrayed.

    At London's Noel Coward Theatre from 31 March 2018, book your Quiz tickets today!