Rattigan’s epic wartime romance

Graham Seed as Squadron Leader Swanson and Hedydd Dylan as Patricia Graham in Flare Path. Credit Jack Ladenburg ANL-161102-132032001
Graham Seed as Squadron Leader Swanson and Hedydd Dylan as Patricia Graham in Flare Path. Credit Jack Ladenburg ANL-161102-132032001
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Flare Path, Terence Rattigan’s highly charged drama set in 1942 against the backdrop of heartache and quiet bravery, painting an evocative portrait of life in wartime Britain is at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds from February 29 to March 5.

Flare Path stars Graham Seed, who fans of The Archers will know as Nigel Pargetter, who dons an RAF uniform to play Squadron Leader Swanson.

Based on Rattigan’s own experiences as a tail gunner during World War Two, the play is rooted in wartime Britain and tells the story of former actress Patricia, wife of RAF pilot Teddy.

When Patricia’s ex-lover and Hollywood idol Peter arrives out of the blue, her emotions are thrown into turmoil and the survival of her marriage to Teddy becomes uncertain.

A self-confessed Rattigan fan, Graham has said rehearsals for Flare Path are going “very well” with a “terrific cast”.

He added: “ My character is quite funny and charming, a frightfully good chap.”

“She has to decide what she’s going to do, but it does have humour too,” said Graham.

“It’s a very evocative and powerful play.”

Graham attended the Theatre Royal’s recent Spring Season launch (pictured) and chatted to artistic director, Karen Simpson about Flare Path. It’ll be his first appearance on stage at the Theatre.

For tickets and further details please call the Box Office on 01284 769505 or visit www.theatreroyal.org