Quiz at Noel Coward Theatre tickets
Quiz at Noel Coward Theatre tickets

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Overview

James Graham’s smash-hit, critically acclaimed new play Quiz transfers to the West End, after a five-star run at Chichester Festival Theatre. Following Graham’s recent London successes, which have included Ink and Labour of Love, Quiz is a brand new style of show, which sees a gameshow-meet-theatre concept introduced.

Quiz is based on the infamous 2001 coughing scandal on Chris Tarrant’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, which saw contestant Charles Ingram cheat his way to the top of the much-loved quiz show. As he got closer to winning the elusive one million pounds, his wife Diana assisted in coughing to signal the correct and incorrect answers. But what were the consequences, and why did they do it? Graham’s play explores Britain’s bizarre love for a good gameshow.

Casting for the production includes original Chichester cast Gavin Spokes (Carousel, Guys and Dolls) as Charles Ingram, Keir Charles (The Lottery of Love, A Christmas Carol) as Chris Tarrant and Stephanie Street as Diana Ingram, alongside Greg Haiste, Mark Meadows, Henry Pettigrew, Jay Villiers, Lizzie Winkler, Sarah Woodward and Sharon Ballard.

Artistic Director of Chichester Daniel Evans directs, with recent hit shows including Show Boat, which transferred to the New London Theatre and Flowers for Mrs Harris. Creatives include choreographer Naomi Said and designer Robert Jones, with lighting by Tim Lutkin, sound by Ben and Max Ringham and video design by Tim Reid.

After an acclaimed pre-West End run, Quiz proves that James Graham is fast becoming one of London’s top playwrights. Quiz runs at the Noel Coward Theatre for a strictly limited season, playing from 31 March to 16 June 2018, with a press night on 10 April 2018.

Recommended for

Fans of James Graham’s work, including the recent Labour of Love and Ink, will be thrilled by this latest venture, which looks at one of the biggest news stories in recent years.

Age Recommendations: Not suitable for children

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 31 Mar 2018
Press night: 10 Apr 2018
Booking from: 16 Jun 2018
Booking until: 16 Jun 2018

Location and map

Noel Coward Theatre
St Martins Lane
London, WC2N 4AU

73 Reviews Add review

The place is completely decked out like a TV studio, screens to each side and at the rear of the stage, the set lit up as if for a... More

u2fancat 5'6'', 44 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The place is completely decked out like a TV studio, screens to each side and at the rear of the stage, the set lit up as if for a performance. Flashing lights are a feature throughout, I should mention. The anticipation as we waited for the start was immense - we got a guy whose job it was to stir up the audience, and a camera was wheeled around the stage, alternating between shots of it and of us. It's not a straightforward gameshow, though - instead, a judge comes onstage at the start, and the trial of the accused contestant begins then and there, the prosecution putting their case first. We go back through the history of gameshows, with stagings of different ones. This, of course, is where the people onstage get their chance to shine.. So, we meet the "coughing major", as he's known, and we get the background to the events. All quite gripping. And we get the fascinating psychology behind the staging of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, as they describe how the tension is ratcheted up. We also see wannabe quiz cheats, who study the game and devise ways around it. And at the end of the first half, as the prosecution rests its case, we have to vote - rather unfairly, without getting to hear the other side of the story. Back to the onstage action for the second half, and the case for the defence was finally being put. Some points you mightn't have thought of are raised, before we're told what actually happened to the accused in real life, and asked to vote again - a graph is put up after the result is revealed, showing the results of the last 10 votes. In all, the evening was great - you really get the feeling of being on a gameshow, and the audience participation is fun. Highly recommended

u2fancat 5'6'', 44 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The play is an interactive, but not immersive look at what happened. The issue is that interactive element seems to be an inconven... More

braintree 155cm, 47 reviews, 5 helpful votes

The play is an interactive, but not immersive look at what happened. The issue is that interactive element seems to be an inconvenience for director Daniel Evans, who never seems to make it fit seamlessly in the production. Either distracting or baffling it's audience rather than enhancing their experience of this compelling story of reasonable doubt and trial by media. The production realises quite early on that there isn't really much of a story thoug, even the return of the show without its original host Chris Tarrant, now replaced by Jeremy Clarkson, hasn't resonated with audience judging by the numbers and the lack of starry names don't help. The use of other popular quiz shows such as the The Price is Right, Bullseye and Take Your Pick to explain why the quiz was successful prove a distraction from the story, along with the paper based 'pub quiz' on seats which takes during the story. Quiz is James Graham's look at the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire scandal that lead to a court case. Major Charles Ingram, following the success of his brother in law and wife applies to be on the show and finds himself accused of cheating when he becomes the third person to win a million pounds There are some great performances from Paul Bazeley and Sarah Woodward as the prosecution, Gavin Spokes and Stephanie Street as the Ingrams and Mark Meadows in a range of roles. Keir Charles plays Tarrant, Des O'Connor, Leslie Crowther and Jim Bowen whilst resembling Larry Grayson most of all but he gets the hamminess of Tarrant and what made WWTBAM the success it was. Greg Haiste as producer Paul Smith resembling Peter Capaldi is an endearing performance in a character in a play where everyone is greedy, the broadcaster, the producers and the contestants. Just why did the Ingrams appear so desperate for this money, what was going on underneath the surface. James Graham's play explains more in the second half but never truly gets under the surface of the basics, distracting itself with 9/11 and the Iraq war rather than the issues presented in the second half-reasonable doubt on the Ingram's guilt.

braintree 155cm, 47 reviews, 5 helpful votes

I was massively intrigued by this show, which seems to have garnered a lot of acclaim. Typical to James Graham, there's lots of po... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 140 reviews, 4 helpful votes

I was massively intrigued by this show, which seems to have garnered a lot of acclaim. Typical to James Graham, there's lots of politics peppered throughout, but it's an interesting enough true story and I loved the use of physical theatre, metatheatre and interactive theatre. Seemed like there were a lot of ideas floating around, and Graham and Daniel Evans decided to whack them all into one show. I only wish they had used some of the real footage (which makes it very clear as to why they thought he was cheating). But it's more about mob mentality and how you can manipulate an audience. Very enjoyable. Think it would have been more enjoyable had the theatre been fuller.

susannahrosemn 5"3, 140 reviews, 4 helpful votes

This was a very interesting concept for a play - to focus on the infamous coughing scandal of 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' in S... More

joc78 5"4, 258 reviews, 4 helpful votes

This was a very interesting concept for a play - to focus on the infamous coughing scandal of 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' in Sept 2001 when Major Charles Ingram cheated his way to win a million pounds.....or did he? This throws up the arguments for and against and is very interesting. I like the interactive aspect whereby as audience members you partake in their own version of a pub quiz and are also the audience in the 'ask the audience' section. You also get to vote at the interval and at the end as to whether you find the defendant guilty. The actor playing Chris Tarrant is just excellent at portraying him. He gets his mannerisms down to a tee!

joc78 5"4, 258 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Loved every minute of the play, it was very funny in places. Keir Charles who played Chris tarrant was brilliant. Wished I'd g... More

susanclements 5ft 3, 27 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Loved every minute of the play, it was very funny in places. Keir Charles who played Chris tarrant was brilliant. Wished I'd gone at the start of the run because I would have been able to go again.

susanclements 5ft 3, 27 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Loved the show, my second visit. Well-constructed and clever.

rochellebalboa 5"9, 101 reviews, 23 helpful votes

Loved the show, my second visit. Well-constructed and clever.

rochellebalboa 5"9, 101 reviews, 23 helpful votes

The show was a unique and exciting concept. I loved how interactive it was and was interested in the way hay each act was designed... More

-A 5"2, 28 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was a unique and exciting concept. I loved how interactive it was and was interested in the way hay each act was designed to sway your views. It's flashy and funny, however, I didn't feel like I gained anything from seeing the show. Overall a lot of fun but I just didn't make an emotional connection with it.

-A 5"2, 28 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Quiz really surprised me. It's interactive, fun, funny in parts and very, very engaging. The set is really interesting too with TV... More

taroly 178cm, 30 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Quiz really surprised me. It's interactive, fun, funny in parts and very, very engaging. The set is really interesting too with TV screens dotted around the stage and a central illuminated cube that succeeds in drawing you into the drama. Every audience member gets a buzzer to cast their vote as if in the jury. There's also a pub quiz in the middle of the show!

taroly 178cm, 30 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Clever and thought provoking. This was my first introduction to James Graham and I now cannot wait to see what he brings to us nex... More

sarahwells1 5”4, 19 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Clever and thought provoking. This was my first introduction to James Graham and I now cannot wait to see what he brings to us next! Such an interesting concept. The set was great and the staging with the audience on the stage worked really well. Loved the 'Chris Tarrant' character, very funny and so much like the real person.

sarahwells1 5”4, 19 reviews, 0 helpful votes