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Rory Bremner asks: guilty or not guilty?

Rory Bremner as Chris Tarrant in Quiz
Rory Bremner as Chris Tarrant in Quiz

Satirical impressionist and renowned comedian Rory Bremner stars as Chris Tarrant in James Graham’s hit drama Quiz, on a UK autumn tour that takes in The Lowry in Salford (October 24-28).

Nominated for two Olivier Awards including Best New Comedy, rave-reviewed Quiz transferred to London’s West End four years ago following a sold-out premiere run at Chichester Festival Theatre. In 2020, millions watched the three-part ITV adaptation starring Michael Sheen, Matthew Macfadyen and Sian Clifford.

The play explores the real-life story of Charles Ingram, aka the Coughing Major, who conned the world’s most popular TV quiz show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, out of £1,000,000. Or did he?

It's September 2001 and the nation is gripped by a scandal that remains, to this day, a mystery. In an outrageously audacious heist, Charles Ingram and his accomplices duped Who Wants to Be a Millionaire out of £1,000,000. Or did they? And if they did cheat, how did they really do it? Uncovering new evidence, audiences must put fingers on keypads and answer the ultimate 50/50: guilty or not guilty?

Bremner says “I’m very excited about this, not just the challenge of playing Chris Tarrant in long form but bringing the scandal that really caught the public’s imagination to a live audience every night. What really happened? The jury’s out - and this time it’s you!

“I didn’t have to phone-a-friend. It wasn’t even 50/50. This was a role I had to take on.”

Info and tickets here (tickets on general sale January 24)


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