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Flare Path

Photo of Flare Path cast mid-performance

Tues 22 – Sat 26 September 2015

An epic wartime drama by celebrated playwright, Terrence Rattigan, comes to Exeter Northcott Theatre this September.

Based on Rattigan’s experiences as a tail gunner during World War II, Flare Path paints an evocative portrait of life in wartime Britain for the RAF bomber crews, their wives and sweethearts, who were left awaiting their return.

Starring Leon Ockenden (Mr Selfridge), Olivia Hallinan (Lark Rise to Candleford) and Philip Franks (Heartbeat), Flare Path tells the story of former actress Patricia, the wife of RAF pilot Teddy, as their marriage is tested to the limits by the surprise arrival of Patricia’s ex‐lover and Hollywood idol Peter Kyle.

An unexpected and dangerous mission over Germany puts Patricia at the centre of an emotional conflict as unpredictable as the war in the skies.

Combining highly charged drama with a truly authentic taste of the fear, camaraderie and passion experienced by the men and women who fought to save their country their families and each other. With heart tugging, human emotion, Flare Path opens an unforgettable window into a pivotal moment in our history.
The characters and relationships are ever unfolding, and beautifully played…acting easily worthy of the West End

“Terence Rattigan’s unsentimental War-Time-Weepy has more convincing plot twists than any “Agatha Christie” and keeps you guessing until the very end, which will still surprise you.”

Tue – Thu Evenings: A £27.50 B £25 C £23 D £19
Fri & Sat Evenings: A £29.50 B £27 C £25 D £21
Wed Green Matinee: £17 *
Sat Matinee: £19
Concs: £2 off (bands B, C & D only)
Student Standby: £8
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Age: 12yrs+ Includes adult language
Running Time: 2hrs 40mins


For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 272 409 or email her.

Notes to editors
Flare Path, draws heavily on Rattigan’s own experience as a tail gunner in the RAF coastal command during WW11. Working on the draft in 1941 whilst in active duty in West Africa, he managed to save the incomplete manuscript when his plane was damaged in combat and the crew ordered to jettison excess weight.

The cast are available for interviews.

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