A treat is in store for theatre goers with a gripping, intriguing and uproarious spy thriller on stage in Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana, which comes to Malvern Festival Theatre between 11–15 July 2017.
Innovative theatre company Creative Cow brings an evening of hilarity and satire to Malvern in this witty adaptation of Graham Greene’s spy thriller, Our Man in Havana. This is a special piece of work for Malvern as it was produced in association with Malvern Theatres and is the closing week in a successful 13-week tour. 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.
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 MI6. 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 and his constant itinerancy among others.
Said actor and co-founder member of Creative Cow Theatre Company, Katherine Senior; ‘After the success we had with Greene’s Travels With My Aunt, which we also created in association with Malvern Theatres and brought to the town in May 2016 as part of a tour, the Greene estate offered us the rights to Our Man in Havana. We thought it the perfect piece to follow Travels and we’ve been delighted to work with Malvern Theatres once more and are looking forward to returning to the town with this new work’.
Katherine continued: ‘We feel we’ve taken the company to a new level with Our Man in Havana; working with set, lighting and sound designers, and a new team of actors to bring a fresh, new creativity adding to the audience experience. We’ve had great fun producing this clever adaptation by Clive Francis and he has been very much involved in the process. Our audiences are going love it.’
Event information: Our Man in Havana: 11–15 July, Malvern Festival Theatre
Times: Evenings 7.30pm, Wed and Sat matinees 2.30pm. Price: £17.36–28.56 (including 12 per cent booking fee). Concessions and members discounts apply. Ticket price includes a £1 contribution to our heritage fund.
See www.malvern-theatres.co.uk or telephone 01684 892277 for more information.
Watch a trailer of the show here.