Rory Bremner to play Chris Tarrant in the UK tour of James Graham’s Quiz

Satirical impressionist and comedian Rory Bremner is set to play presenter Chris Tarrant in a revival of James Graham’s drama Quiz.

Quiz 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?

Nominated for two Olivier Awards including Best New Comedy, James Graham’s hit play transferred to London’s West End with sensational reviews in 2018, following a sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre. And in 2020, millions tuned in to see the three-part ITV adaptation starring Michael Sheen, Matthew Macfadyen and Sian Clifford.

Quiz now returns to Chichester Festival Theatre before embarking on a 9-week UK tour from 22 September to 2 December 2023.

Rory Bremner said in a press statement, “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!”

Quiz is directed by outgoing Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre Daniel Evans and Seán Linnen, with design by Robert Jones, and produced by Jonathan Church Theatre Productions and Wessex Grove, by arrangement with William Village. Lighting by Ryan Day, composition and sound design by Ben and Max Ringham, with video by Tim Reid and casting by Ginny Schiller CDG.

James Graham’s new play Best of Enemies is currently running at the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre until 18 February 2023, starring Zachary Quinto and David Harewood.

Quiz – UK Tour Dates

Chichester, Festival Theatre
22 Sept – 30 Sept 2023

Newcastle, Theatre Royal
03 Oct – 07 Oct 2023

Glasgow, King’s Theatre
10 Oct – 14 Oct 2023

Cardiff, New Theatre
17 Oct – 21 Oct 20203

Salford, Lowry Theatre
24 Oct – 28 Oct 2023

Norwich, Theatre Royal
31 Oct – 4 Nov 2023

Bromley, Churchill Theatre
06 Nov – 11 Nov 2023

Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre
14 Nov – 18 Nov 2023

Bath, Theatre Royal
20 Nov – 25 Nov 2023

Birmingham, Alexandra Theatre
28 Nov – 02 Dec 2023

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📷 Main photo: Quiz starring Rory Bremner

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