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Timothy West and Simon Williams star in a play by Alan Bennett The Old Country
Alan Bennett's play The Old Country deals with questions of loyalty and betrayal, homeland and exile, friendship and family, in a way which is both extraordinarily funny and exceptionally touching. This revival stars Timothy West, Jean Marsh and Simon Williams.
The Old Country is about Hilary, a British spy in exile in the Soviet Union, traitor to King, country and class. When his sister and newly knighted brother-in-law come to visit him and his long-suffering wife, Bron, they are forced to re-examine their allegiances.
Alan Bennett is responsible for a number modern day stage classics including Talking Heads, The Lady in the Van, The Madness of George III, and more recently, the multi-award winning The History Boys. He received an Olivier Award in 2005 for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre.