Menier Chocolate Factory Will Present Revival of Hugh Whitemore’s Pack of Lies

London News   Menier Chocolate Factory Will Present Revival of Hugh Whitemore’s Pack of Lies
Hannah Chissick will direct.

The Menier Chocolate Factory, currently home to Spamilton, will present a revival of Hugh Whitemore’s Pack of Lies beginning September 20 at the London venue.

Directed by Hannah Chissick, the limited engagement will officially open October 1 and continue through November 17. Paul Farnsworth will design the set and costumes. Casting will be announced at a later date.

Whitemore adapted Pack of Lies from his Act of Betrayal, which was part of the Play for Today television series. Inspired by real-life events, the story is based on Bill and Ruth Search and their teenage daughter Gay Search (who later became a TV presenter and journalist), who find themselves at the center of investigations into the Portland Soviet spy ring.

Pack of Lies concerns middle-aged English couple the Jacksons and their neighbors, Canadian couple the Krogers. All is blissful until a detective from Scotland Yard asks to use their house as an observation station to foil a Soviet spy ring operating in the area. They are put to the test when the detective asks them to help set a trap: Should they betray their friends or their country?


The upcoming production marks the first London revival since it premiered at the Lyric Theatre in 1983 with husband and wife Judi Dench and Michael Williams.

Whitemore, who passed away earlier this year, is also the author of Stevie, Breaking the Code, The Best of Friends, It's Ralph, A Letter of Resignation, Disposing of the Body, God Only Knows, and a new version of Pirandello's As You Desire Me.

Chissick's most recent work includes Mother Courage and Her Children and the U.K. professional premiere of Side Show (Southwark Playhouse).

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