Chichester Festival Theatre artistic director Daniel Evans says he is thrilled that the production of James Graham’s critically acclaimed play Quiz has switched to the West End.
Evans’ production ends its run at the Minerva Theatre on 9 December, then plays in London for a limited season from 31 March – 16 June 2018.
With Labour of Love and Ink currently running in the West End, James Graham achieves a hat-trick as Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of his “major coughing hit” transfers to the Noël Coward Theatre. A provocative re-examination of the conviction of Charles Ingram for cheating during his appearance on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Quiz highlights the dangerous blending of entertainment, politics and justice today.
The production marks the second London transfer for Chichester Festival Theatre – and the first to the West End – under the tenure of Evans and Rachel Tackley as executive director. The production ends its run at the Minerva Theatre on 9 December, then runs for a strictly limited London season from 10 April until 16 June, with previews from 31 March.
And he said: “It’s been an enormous privilege to have presented James Graham’s Quiz as part of our inaugural season at Chichester. James is an exceptional writer with a knack for examining our recent history through an alternative lens. We’re thrilled to be able to revisit the production for the West End, and share Chichester’s work with a wider audience.”
James Graham said that being given the chance to share Quiz with more people – and with the opportunity to develop and push the game show-meets-theatre concept even further “is beyond exciting for all of us”.
He added: “I would never have imagined years ago I’d get a chance to put any of my new plays into the West End. So to be able to return so quickly to the Noël Coward – which has been the happiest of homes for Labour of Love – feels surprising, and properly humbling to have the trust, belief, and support in the show from our producers, the amazing Daniel Evans, and the team of actors and creators who help me tell this gob-smacking story of the so-called Coughing Major and the most successful game show of all time.”