A true spy story from a London suburb will keep the audience gripped at Louth’s Riverhead Theatre this month.
Hugh Whitemore’s classic play, Pack of Lies, is a powerfully moving, fictional account of the events leading up to the arrest of Peter and Helen Kroger, two Americans living in a London suburb in 1961, who were convicted of spying for the Russians and sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment.
The action centres on the quietly respectable, totally unsuspecting Jackson household - a nice middle aged couple, Bob and Barbara, and their daughter Julie - who live opposite the Kroger’s and consider them their closest friends.
All is blissful in their world until a detective from Scotland Yard asks to use their house as an observation station to try and foil a Soviet spy ring operating in the area.
Their decent, happy life is shattered as they are plunged into a sordid, alien world of deceit and intrigue, gradually learning the truth about their much loved trusted friends. The original West End production of 1983 starred Judi Dench and her husband, Michael Williams, as the Jacksons,with Dench winning the Laurence Olivier Award as Best Actress for her performance.
At Louth, Pack of Lies runs nightly at 7.30pm from Monday April 13 to Saturday April 18. Tickets are £8 for adults and £5 for under 18s, or with a Riverhead Theatrecard £7 and £4.
Call the box office on 01507 600350, or visit www.louthplaygoers.com