Single Spies: An Englishman Abroad/A Question of Attribution
A critically acclaimed double bill of Alan Bennett plays, adapted for BBC Radio. An Englishman Abroad - It is 1958, and in a squalid flat in Moscow, double-agent Guy Burgess is hiding from the world. When he is visited by actress Coral Browne, he is overjoyed to see someone from his former life in England. Starved for information, Burgess interrogates her about English soc...more
(Review of 2nd play added Feb 2012)
Burgess was everything repulsive about a man you could think of wrapped up into one confident, self-satisfied upper-class prig who found himself in reduced circumstances due to a bad political decision on his part. Bennett makes the most of the real-life meeting* between the actress Coral Browne and Burgess and turns what was a hearty feast in the first place into one ...more
An Englishman Abroad does not have the same menace and elegant language but is quintessentially English in its treatment of Guy Burgess and the British reaction to one of their own spying.
A Question of Attribution: 4 1/2 stars. Virtually perfect, down to the deadpan Buckingham Palace footman (Colin). Very funny, very clever. Great, entertaining play about reality and appearances.
Alan Bennett is an English author and Tony Award-winning playwright. Bennett's first stage play, Forty Years On, was produced in 1968. Many television, stage and radio plays followed, along with screenplays, short stories, novellas, a large body of non-fictional prose and broadcasting, and many appearances as ...more