The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

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Chichester Festival Theatre
23 Aug – 21 Sept 2024

All cats are alike in the dark.

At the height of the Cold War, disillusioned British spy Alec Leamas is persuaded by the head of The Circus and veteran agent George Smiley to stay ‘in the cold’ for one last risky operation against the powerful leader of the East German Secret Service.

But Leamas has committed a cardinal error: he’s fallen in love. After a lifetime of deception and betrayal, can there be room for humanity in the ruthlessly manipulative world of international espionage?

The first ever John le Carré novel to be adapted for the stage, this award-winning 1963 thriller has been hailed as a modern masterpiece.

David Eldridge’s plays include Beginning and Middle for the National Theatre, and his adaptation of Festen (Almeida, West End and Broadway). Director Jeremy Herrin, whose Chichester work includes This House, Another Country and South Downs, makes a welcome return following recent London productions of A Mirror and Ulster American.

Produced by Chichester Festival Theatre


The full company is: Philip Arditti, Norma Atallah, Mat Betteridge, Gunnar Cauthery, Ian Drysdale, Tom Kanji, Rory Keenan, Agnes O’Casey, John Ramm, David Rubin.


Adapted for the stage by David Eldridge

Directed by Jeremy Herrin

Casting Director Jessica Ronane CDG

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