Peter Shaffer's One-Act Plays The Private Ear and The Public Ear to Tour U.K.

News   Peter Shaffer's One-Act Plays The Private Ear and The Public Ear to Tour U.K. Peter Shaffer's pair of one-act plays The Private Ear and The Public Eye, which premiered in the West End in 1962 and were subsequently seen on Broadway a year later, will receive their first major U.K. revival in 50 years.

They will be presented, again in a double-bill, for a U.K. national tour, beginning performances Aug. 29 prior to an official opening Sept. 6 at Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

They will then visit Dublin, Bath, Malvern, Eastbourne, Milton Keynes, Cambridge, York and Ipswich, produced by The Original Theatre Company and Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud.

The cast will feature Jasper Britton as Charles, Steven Blakeley in the dual roles of Bob and Julian, Rupert Hill as Ted and Siobhan O’Kelly in the dual roles of Doreen and Belinda.

The double-bill is directed by Alastair Whatley and designed by Hayley Grindle.

The Private Ear is set in a musky London bedsit, where reclusive Bob, normally used to giving his full attention to his record collection, calls in a favor from Ted, his slick, confident friend, to help him treat his date, the beautiful but shy Doreen, to a slap up meal. The Public Eye takes place in a swanky London accountancy office, where uptight Charles is confronted by Julian, an eccentric private detective hired by Charles to investigate Belinda, his young wife, whom he suspects of infidelity.

Shaffer's other plays include Amadeus, Equus, The Royal Hunt of the Sun, Lettice & Lovage and Five Finger Exercise.

For further details and dates,visit http://www.originaltheatre.com/?p=1055.

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