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.
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.
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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