British spies, works of art and her Majesty the Queen: it may sound like the recipe for a James Bond blockbuster, but in reality this is the basis for two plays by Bennett, Alan Bennett. Single Spies is a production which includes two stories both based on real events.
An Englishman Abroad, Bennett's wry look at Guy Burgess, the infamous British spy who passed intelligence secrets over to the Soviets during the Cold War, is followed by A Question of Atrribution, the 1988 one act play which explores the relationship between Queen Elizabeth II and her advisor, Anthony Blunt. More than 25 years after the two plays were originally performed together, a revival is now showing at the Rose Theatre in Kingston. Alison Earle caught up with the people behind it.
Watch our for Helen Schlesinger, who will play the Queen in A Question of Attribution. She gives her insight into portraying her Majesty. Apparently, a stiff upper lip doesn’t just refer to character: it's physically mandatory, too.