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Alan Bennett: An Englishman Abroad


Michael Gambon is Guy Burgess and Penelope Wilton the actress Coral Browne in Bennetts re-telling of a real-life incident. Whilst touring Hamlet Moscow with the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in 1958, Browne is astonished to have Burgess appear in her dressing room. Having disappeared from England in 1951 together with fellow diplomat Donald Maclean, spy Burgess is a wanted man. Bennetts take on the encounter is both poignant and comic, and the play examines his life in exile, his love of En