Major revival of Shaffer double bill

Jasper Britton in The Public Eye.Picture by Alastair Muir
Jasper Britton in The Public Eye.Picture by Alastair Muir
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Drama fans are in for a treat as the hugely-acclaimed Original Theatre Company returns to Eastbourne with the first major revival in 50 years of multi-award winning British playwright Sir Peter Shaffer’s The Private Ear and The Public Eye.

This double-bill of two one-act plays, first performed in London’s West End in 1962, plays at the Devonshire Park Theatre from Monday, September 30 to Saturday, October 5.

The short and bitter-sweet comedies performed as a matching pair on the same night give a fascinating window into the turbulent changing attitudes to love in the 1960s through a combination of comedy, pathos and drama.

The Private Ear is set in a musky London bedsit, where reclusive Bob, normally giving his full attention to his record collection, asks Ted, his slick, confident friend, to help him treat his date, the beautiful, shy Doreen, to a slap up meal.

The Public Eye takes place in a swanky London accountancy office, where uptight Charles is confronted by Julian, an eccentric private detective hired by Charles to investigate Belinda, his young wife, whom he suspects of infidelity.

Starring Jasper Britton (fresh from David Mamet’s Race at Hampstead Theatre) as Charles, Steven Blakeley (Heartbeat) in the dual roles of Bob and Julian, Rupert Hill (Coronation Street) as Ted and Siobhan O’Kelly (Insp George Gently) in dual roles of Doreen and Belinda.

Nightly performances at 7.45pm with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm, tickets priced from £14.50, box office 01323 412000 or online www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk