Spyski! (or the Importance of Being Honest) 2008/9

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‘…the most glorious entertainment for ages. Love of theatre triumphantly re-established: I have nothing to declare but ‘Spyski’s genius’ TIME OUT * * * * * *

Dazzling… Simple-seeming gags are transformed into theatrical gems’
THE OBSERVER

Pssst…following their West End hit comedy, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Peepolykus have stumbled upon a story of international espionage and state secrets. With government agents watching their every move, Peepolykus will stop at nothing to reveal the truth….. Unfortunately, they’re in rehearsals for The Importance of Being Earnest – but that’s not going to stop them… Peepolykus take on the CIA, FSB and FBI – you’ll be shaken, stirred and in stitches with laughter.

Spyski toured in 2008/09 to the Lyric Hammersmith, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Nuffield Theatre, Liverpool Playhouse, Royal & Derngate Theatre Northampton and Northern Stage Newcastle.

Theatre has renewed its licence to laugh… Spyski justifies every one of the adjectives that get flung too readily at this sort of high-comic caper. So if words such as ‘uproarious’, ‘anarchic’, ‘joyful’, still have any purchase, their hour has come.
THE TIMES * * * * *

  • ..a gloriously daft spy spoof. You surely won’t see anything dafter this side of the panto season.*
    DAILY MAIL

Peepolykus have come up with an ingenious idea… a cracking script from Nicholson and Canny and delightful performances, not least from Javier Marzan.
EVENING STANDARD * * * *

Enough theatrical lunacy and zingy one liners to cheer up the most jaded of souls.
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Comedy theatre with this much discipline, this much flair, doesn’t come along often. It’s not great art. But it’s stunning entertainment.
THE TIMES * * * * *

LYN GARDNER (SHE HATED IT!!), WRITING IN THE GUARDIAN
“Chuckle Brothers meets Spooks…..Spyski is such lameski entertainment that there might be more fun to be had staying home and ingesting a little Polonium 210.”
Actually, the bit about the Chuckle Brothers sounds quite cool now… thanks Lyn!!

Here’s a trailer:

And some comments from the gorgeous audience:

Mr John Nicholson on BBC Radio 4’s Front Rpw:

Created by Peepolykus. Written by Steve Canny and John Nicholson.
Original cast John Nicholson, Javier Marzan, Rhona Croker, Sophie Russell, Richard Katz
Directed by David Farr.
Music by Pete Coyte. Design by Tom Piper. Lighting by Jon Clark.
Sound by Nick Manning
A co-production between Peepolykus and Lyric Hammersmith in association with West Yorkshire Playhouse and Warwick Arts Centre. Spyski is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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Contact

Education Programme & General Enquiries

Contact: Education Manager Kim Lawrence
Email: kim@peepolykus.co.uk
Tel: 0117 939 7017 / 07779 729 644

Business Improvers Training Programme

Contact: Mick Dickinson
Email: mick@bizimp.co.uk

Licensing & Touring

Contact: Producer Eleanor Lloyd
Email: eleanor@elproductions.co.uk
Website: www.elproductions.co.uk

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