In Philip King’s morale-booster, which was written in the middle of the Second World War in 1942 and opened at the West End’s Comedy Theatre Jan. 4, 1945, Pigott-Smith (The Iceman Cometh, A Christmas Carol) will play the Bishop of Lax.
The night the play received its London premier, three German "doodlebug" flying bombs dropped on London. The play ran for 600 performances despite regular air raids.
See How They Run is set in an idyllic English village where the inhabitants prepare for the seemingly imminent Nazi invasion. Resident nosey parker Miss Skillon—played by an Olivier Award-winning Maureen Lipman during the play’s previous West End outing in 1984—is convinced that the wife of the local vicar is having an affair and so tries to expose her.
Director Hodge is best known as an actor. His most recent West End role was as Nathan Detroit opposite Ewan McGregor’s Sky in the current West End production of Guys and Dolls. It’s hard to think of a starker contrast between that role and his forthcoming appearance at the Globe as Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare’s bloodiest play. That production, directed by Lucy Bailey, opens May 30.
Included in the cast of See How They Run are Nancy Carol (currently playing the heroine Alice Maitland in the current National Theatre revival of The Voysey Inheritance), Jo Stone-Fewings and Julie Legrand from British Television’s “Footballer’s Wive’s”. Design is by Tim Shortall, with lighting by Ben Ormerod and sound design by Fergus O’Hare.
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