Original Theatre Company, in association with Perfectly Normal Productions, reunite David Jason, Stephanie Cole and Anton Lesser in a semi-staged, rehearsed reading of A Cold Supper Behind Harrods. The reading will stream live for one night only on Friday 11 June.
Streamed live from the stage of the Oxford Playhouse, the play is written by David Morley and was originally presented on BBC Radio 4 on Friday 7 September 2012.
A Cold Supper Behind Harrods will be directed by Philip Franks, who also directed the original radio play. The performance will also be followed by a Q&A with the cast and creative team.
50 years after the war that first brought them together, three Special Operations Executive agents meet once again to record interviews for a television documentary investigating the murder of their colleague at the hands of the Gestapo.
As Leo, Vera and John wait to be interviewed in a beautiful English garden, drinking tea and doing the crossword, pleasantries give way to deeper, darker subjects, including their own conduct during the war. A web of lies, self-deception and guilt begins to emerge.
In this drama, inspired by real characters and events, it is only as the three former agents depart for London in a taxi – for “a cold supper behind Harrods” – that the disturbing truth finally emerges.
With David Jason playing John Harrison, Stephanie Cole as Vera Atkins and Anton Lesser as Leo Mark, cast is completed by Saffron Coomber and Lucy Doyle.
A Cold Supper Behind Harrods is designed by Adrian Linford, with sound design by Max Pappenheim, and filmed by Matt Hargraves and his team from North South Culture, who recently worked on the acclaimed streaming of Hymn at The Almeida.
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