Acclaimed Comedian & Impressionist Rory Bremner Stars As Chris Tarrant In James Graham's Smash Hit Play QUIZ

Rory Bremner, Britain’s top satirical impressionist and renowned comedian, stars as Chris Tarrant in James Graham’s thrilling and provocative drama, Quiz. The production explores the real-life story of Charles Ingram, aka the Coughing Major, who conned the world’s most popular TV quiz show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire out of £1,000,000. Or did he?

Nominated for two Olivier Awards including Best New Comedy, James Graham’s smash hit play, Quiz, transferred to London’s West End with sensational reviews in 2018, following a sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre. And in 2020, millions tuned in to see the three-part ITV adaptation starring Michael Sheen, Matthew Macfadyen and Sian Clifford.

Quiz now returns to Chichester Festival Theatre before embarking on a 9-week UK tour from 22 September to 2 December 2023, with press night on 28 September 2023.

Rory is ‘a one-man opposition party’ (Daily Telegraph). As a mimic, he’s provided definitive impersonations of PMs and Presidents from Major, Blair, Cameron and Brown, to Clinton, Bush and Trump. As himself, he’s been a presenter, writer, quiz-show host, actor, translator and even (briefly) ballroom dancer (Strictly Come Dancing, 2011). 

Rory Bremner says “I’m very excited about this; not just the challenge of playing Chris Tarrant in long form but bringing the scandal that really caught the public’s imagination to a live audience every night. What really happened? The jury’s out- and this time it’s you!

I didn’t have to phone-a-friend. It wasn’t even 50/50. This was a role I had to take on, with A: a brilliant director; B: a terrific script; C: a different audience live each night; and D: a story that divides opinion to this day. Final answer? Ask the audience!”

 September 2001: 

the nation is gripped by a scandal that remains, to this day, a mystery. 
In an outrageously audacious heist, Charles Ingram, aka the Coughing Major, and his accomplices duped the world’s most popular TV quiz show, 

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, out of £1,000,000.

Or did they?

And if they did cheat, how did they really do it?

Uncovering new evidence, it’s time to ask you, the audience, to put fingers on keypads and answer the ultimate 50/50: guilty or not guilty?

Quiz is directed by Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre, Daniel Evans and Seán Linnen with design by Robert Jones, and produced by Jonathan Church Theatre Productions and Wessex Grove, by arrangement with William Village. Lighting by Ryan Day, composition and sound design by Ben and Max Ringham, with video by Tim Reid and casting by Ginny Schiller CDG

QUIZ is a fictional imagination based on real events which took place in 2001 following an episode of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? It is not in any way connected with the makers of the programme or any of the individuals portrayed. The television programme Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? is produced by 2waytraffic.


Chichester, Festival Theatre                        

22 Sept – 30 Sept 2023                                               01243 781312

Tickets on general sale from 4 March

Newcastle, Theatre Royal                            

03 Oct – 07 Oct 2023                                                  08448 11 21 21

Glasgow, King’s Theatre                                
10 Oct – 14 Oct 2023                                                  0333 009 6690

Cardiff, New Theatre                                     

17 Oct – 21 Oct 20203                                                02920 878 889

Salford, Lowry Theatre                                 

24 Oct – 28 Oct 2023                                                  0343 208 6000

Norwich, Theatre Royal                               
31 Oct – 4 Nov 2023                                                   01603 630 000

Bromley, Churchill Theatre                         

06 Nov – 11 Nov 2023                                                020 3285 6000

Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre                    

14 Nov – 18 Nov 2023                                                01227 787787

Bath, Theatre Royal                                       

20 Nov – 25 Nov 2023                                                01225 448844

Birmingham, Alexandra Theatre                
28 Nov – 02 Dec 2023                                                 020 7206 1174

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