COMEDIAN Rory Bremner will play Chris Tarrant in a provocative drama at a Glasgow theatre that explores the Who Wants to be a Millionaire coughing scandal.
Written by James Graham, Quiz will play at the King’s Theatre as part of a UK tour after an award-winning run in the West End in 2018 and following 2020’s successful three-part ITV adaptation starring Michael Sheen.
The play will open on Tuesday, October 9 and will run for five nights.
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Quiz explores the real-life story of Charles Ingram, aka the Coughing Major, who conned Who Wants to Be a Millionaire out of £1,000,000 – or did he?
The audience will have the opportunity to judge the case for themselves via interactive finger-pads in ultimate ask-the-audience style.
Throughout the show, the audience will be asked whether they thought Ingram was guilty or not guilty, with the votes displayed on stage.
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Rory, speaking of taking on the role of presenter Chris Tarrant, said: “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, with A: a brilliant director; B: a terrific script; C: a different audience live each night; and D: a story that divides opinion to this day. Final answer? Ask the audience.”
James Haworth, theatre director at The King’s, said: “I’m thrilled to welcome this new drama as part of our 2023 autumn programme and invite our audience to the ‘jury-room’ of this captivating scandal.”
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