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Single Spies: An Englishman Abroad/A Question of Attribution

Single Spies An Englishman Abroad A Question of Attribution A critically acclaimed double bill of Alan Bennett plays adapted for BBC Radio An Englishman Abroad It is and in a squalid flat in Moscow double agent Guy Burgess is hiding from the world When

  • Title: Single Spies: An Englishman Abroad/A Question of Attribution
  • Author: Alan Bennett
  • ISBN: 9781602837386
  • Page: 133
  • Format: Audio CD
  • A critically acclaimed double bill of Alan Bennett plays, adapted for BBC Radio An Englishman Abroad It is 1958, and in a squalid flat in Moscow, double agent Guy Burgess is hiding from the world When he is visited by actress Coral Browne, he is overjoyed to see someone from his former life in England Starved for information, Burgess interrogates her about English socA critically acclaimed double bill of Alan Bennett plays, adapted for BBC Radio An Englishman Abroad It is 1958, and in a squalid flat in Moscow, double agent Guy Burgess is hiding from the world When he is visited by actress Coral Browne, he is overjoyed to see someone from his former life in England Starved for information, Burgess interrogates her about English society gossip A Question of Attribution In 1956, Sir Anthony Blunt pillar of the Establishment and respected Knight of the Realm is working as Surveyor of the Queen s Pictures Perfectly at home in the corridors of Buckingham Palace, he frequently encounters Her Majesty as he works on her paintings, and has a special fondness for one particular Titian However, there is one small problem the painting, like Blunt himself, is a fake Is the Queen aware that her enigmatic servant might also be other than he seems Poignant and moving, these two brand new adaptations feature Simon Callow, Brigit Forsyth, Edward Petherbridge and Prunella Scales.

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    1. Alan Bennett

      Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name Alan Bennett is an English author and Tony Award winning playwright Bennett s first stage play, Forty Years On, was produced in 1968 Many television, stage and radio plays followed, along with screenplays, short stories, novellas, a large body of non fictional prose and broadcasting, and many appearances as an actor Bennett s lugubrious yet expressive voice which still bears a slight Leeds accent and the sharp humour and evident humanity of his writing have made his readings of his own work especially his autobiographical writing very popular His readings of the Winnie the Pooh stories are also widely enjoyed.

    331 Comments

    1. Two plays on real-life spies. One lush like over-ripe fruit, the other dry as a vodka martini.(Review of 2nd play added Feb 2012)Burgess was everything repulsive about a man you could think of wrapped up into one confident, self-satisfied upper-class prig who found himself in reduced circumstances due to a bad political decision on his part. Bennett makes the most of the real-life meeting* between the actress Coral Browne and Burgess and turns what was a hearty feast in the first place into one [...]


    2. The first of Bennett's plays that I ever saw, about 4 years ago (2008, I reckon) at The Lowry in Salford with Nigel Havers and Diana Quick, and they are still my favourites. The character development in An Englishman Abroad pleases me every time, as does the moment in A Question of Attribution when it becomes apparent that Blunt and HRH are not really discussing art at all. Not to mention Bennett's usual brilliant one liners. Perfect.


    3. I found myself caring so little while reading this play that I can't even rouse myself up to explain the why. Where was the conflict in this play? Or the plot?


    4. This play really shows its age, because I only know that the Cambridge Spy Ring passed information and were British higher-ups, and very little of this made sense. The first play was better than the second. I think this also isn't a particularly readable play, requiring you to look at the paintings which I couldn't do while reading


    5. A Question of Attribution delights with its undertones, subtleties and threats. Anthony Blunt is talking about art history with the Queen and the inspector and yet he is being questioned for treason at the same time.An Englishman Abroad does not have the same menace and elegant language but is quintessentially English in its treatment of Guy Burgess and the British reaction to one of their own spying.


    6. An Englishman Abroad - 4 stars. Fast, sharp, insightful dialogue. A fine drama, a little affecting, but a clever short piece about spy Guy Burgess.A Question of Attribution: 4 1/2 stars. Virtually perfect, down to the deadpan Buckingham Palace footman (Colin). Very funny, very clever. Great, entertaining play about reality and appearances.


    7. Such an interesting insight into these 2 spies, both notorious for their involvement in the Cambridge Spy Ring, really interesting to have a view of them as individuals rather than just one of a crowd.


    8. I enjoyed these entertaining short plays, but I have read quite a few books about the Cambridge spies so had an interest in the subject.


    9. Favourite line: Burgess (addressing HMQ): Because something is not what it is said to be, Ma'am, does not mean it is a fake. It may just have been wrongly attributed.


    10. It's always nice to find a pleasant surprise in an audiobook. Example: Dan Stevens does a reading.Yes, Matthew from Downton Abbey. Alan Bennett is good for a quirky read.


    11. Edward Fox as Anthony Blunt at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Just pitch perfect. Sent me searching for a paper copy of Bennets plays.


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