A gripping, intriguing and uproarious spy thriller on stage in Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana Coming to Buxton Opera House 20-22 April
Innovative theatre company Creative Cow brings an evening of hilarity and satire in this witty adaptation of Graham Greene’s spy thriller ‘Our Man in Havana’. Known as one of Greene’s ‘entertainments’, the play tells the tale of a luckless vacuum cleaner salesman who gets sucked in to a dirty world of espionage and double agents when the chance of helping out MI6 with a job or two proves too good an offer to resist.
Touring venues around the UK following a hugely successful Autumn tour of another Graham Greene popular classic ‘Travels with my Aunt’ this riotous play comes to Buxton between 20 and 22 April.
Set in 1950’s Cuba, Our Man in Havana is a compelling and subversive spy play with many references to present day life, despite being created almost 60 years ago! It has such relevance today, more so with the political uncertainty in the world. Audiences will revel in Greene’s sending up of the intelligence services, including M16. At the centre of the tale is Jim Wormold and there are many rich and colourful characters who, together, create a wonderfully captivating night out.
The storyline of Our Man in Havana not only mirrors Greene’s own real life obsession with travelling, often to the most dangerous spots on the planet, but also other aspects of his life; his secret service work, his brushes with criminals, his constant itinerancy, among others.
Says actor and co-founder member of Creative Cow Productions, Katherine Senior; ‘After the success we had with Greene’s Travels With My Aunt last year, the Greene estate offered us the rights to Our Man in Havana and we thought it the perfect accompanying piece to follow Travels. We’re delighted to be taking another popular Greene play on tour and we know our audiences will love it! We’ve had great fun producing this clever adaptation by Clive Francis and he has been very much involved in the process.
Continues Katherine; ‘We feel we’ve taken the company to a new level with it - working with set, lighting and sound designers and a new team of actors to bring a fresh, new creativity adding to the audience experience and to be working in association with Buxton Opera House for the first time is very exciting for us- we are very much looking forward to opening this show at what is one of the most beautiful theatres in the land.
Creative Cow is a touring theatre company created in the farm yards of Devon in 2007 by founders Amanda Knott, Matthew Parish and Katherine Senior. Their aim has always been to present the most exciting, daring and fun night out possible, touring the length and breadth of the country and performing in spaces ranging from the very large to the most intimate. The company’s huge successes to date have included, most recently Greene’s Travels With My Aunt, Brandon Thomas’s Charley’s Aunt, Dickens’ Hard Times, Harold Pinter’s The Lover, John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger, Sheridan’s The Rivals and Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer. For Christmas 2015, Creative Cow presented a magical new adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Our Man in Havana is produced by Creative Cow in association with Malvern Theatres and Buxton Opera House, adapted for stage by Clive Francis and directed by Amanda Knott.
Event info: 20-22 April Times: 7.30pm, mat Sat 2.30pm Prices: £16-£20 (Matcham: 12% off). Discounts:
Groups (8+)/Senior/Disabled: £1.50 off (not Dress Circle), JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle)Age: 12 + Running Time: 2 hours 20 mins Box Office: 01298 72190 More info: http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/ Company: https://www.creativecow.co.uk/Social media: @creativecowuk and you can find us on facebook.