The Cast of Pack of Lies

Cast: (In order of appearance)

Bob Jackson                                      David Duke

Barbara Jackson                              Valerie Doyle

Julie Jackson                                     Jenna Greenman

Helen Kroger                                    Rebecca Garron

Peter Kroger                                     David Earl

Stewart                                               Jason Couch

Thelma                                               Julie Spanswick

Sally                                                    Joanna Thorn

Directed by:                                      Jason Couch

Costumes:                                         Martin Scheibe

Pack of Lies

English Language Theatre in Hamburg

In the late 1960s, Gay Search, a journalist and now well-known British TV presenter, was out having dinner with friends. In that group of friends was a producer of the BBC series ‘Play of the Month’, who was always on the lookout for new material. At one point in the evening they touched upon the revelations in the newspapers that week that an American couple, living in a quiet English street, in a provincial English town had been Russian spies. Entrapped and caught by their best friends and neighbours, no less, on the orders of Scotland Yard. Gay Search said: “That’s my family’s story. We were the best friends.” The BBC producer knew immediately that he had the material for a new play. Gay Search’s mother died not soon afterwards of a massive heart attack, at a very young age, brought on presumably by the heavy burden of guilt of betraying her best friends.

That was the beginning of a journey to bring this fascinating story to the small screen and then later to the stage. In 1971 ‘Act of Betrayal’ was shown on the BBC. Audiences and critics loved it. So much so, that Hugh Whitemore then reworked his play for the stage and called it Pack of Lies.

Today and tomorrow, Couch Theatre will present a rehearsed reading in English of this gripping piece of English theatre.

Pack of Lies, by Hugh Whitemore, Hamburg Sprechwerk, Klaus-Groth-Straße 23, Hamburg (U-Bahn/S-Bahn Berliner Tor)

Tickets from or or at the door.

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