Single Spies opened
to ecstatic reviews at the National Theatre in 1988 and went on
to become a huge West End hit. The two plays, An Englishman Abroad
and A Question of Attribution sparkle with Alan Bennett's trademark
wit and delighted a public intrigued by espionage and fascinated
It's 1958, and a seedy Moscow apartment, bad false
teeth, too much liquor, and a Soviet-issue lover are daily life
for an old Etonian in exile. When actress Coral Browne accepts an
invitation to lunch with double agent Guy Burgess she finds a man
longing for society gossip and a new suit from his London tailor.
Knighted in 1956, eminent art historian, Anthony
Blunt was a pillar of the establishment, perfectly at home in the
corridors of Buckingham Palace where Her Majesty happens upon him
replacing one of her favourite Titians. The painting is a fake,
but is The Queen also aware that her enigmatic servant is actually
the traitorous 'fourth man'?....