by David Thame
In association with Em-Lou Productions
From 26 February
Two seductions, two deaths, one apartment, sixty years apart.
Inspired by real life mysteries: David Thame’s acclaimed one-act thriller Kompromat in a double bill with his tense and atmospheric new play, London/Budapest.
In London/Budapest it’s 1955. Adam de Hegedus, the secretive author of Britain’s first gay bestseller The Heart in Exile, takes his afternoon sauna pick-up to a Pimlico flat. But this is the cold war: Burgess and Maclean have just defected to the Soviet Union. Espionage is everywhere, paranoia too. And a casual encounter can cost you your life.
Kompromat – a hit at the Vaults Festival last year – is inspired by the 2010 death of Gareth Williams, whose body was found zipped into a sports bag in the bathroom of his Pimlico flat. Its protagonist is brilliant with numbers, but hopeless at reading people – including the beautiful young man he has invited into his bedroom.
Spy Plays features two one act plays parted by one interval.
Cast & Creatives
Director – Peter Darney
Associate Director – Julie Addy
Lighting Designer – Jack Wills
Sound Designer – Nicola Chang
Costume Design for London/Budapest – Barbara Williams
Stage Managers – Lyndsey Bicker & James Prendergast
The cast includes GUY WARREN THOMAS and MAX RINEHART, both of whom appeared in the original production of Kompromat, and SÉAN BROWNE.
Press & Reviews
“A gripping erotic thriller”
Jack The Lad Magazine
“A layered and unsensational meditation on the imprisoning nature of loneliness, sex and power and how easily humans are manipulated”
Lyn Gardner, Stage Door
Susannah Clapp, The Observer
“Spellbinding. The writing is evocative, the imagery precise, and the effect utterly chilling”
“This intriguing tale of deceit, denial and desire makes for a compelling hour”
West End Wilma