In 1963, the Secretary of State for war, John ‘Jack’ Profumo, was forced to resign after it was established that he had lied to the House about the nature of his relationship with a young showgirl Christine Keeler, played by Alice Coulthard.
She was also involved with a Russian spy during her affair with the Secretary of State. The ensuing scandal was in part responsible for the resignation of the Prime Minister Harold MacMillan and the suicide of the man who introduced Keeler to Profumo, Stephen Ward, played by Paul Nicholas .
Keeler, based on the 2001 autobiography ‘The Truth At Last’ by Christine Keeler with Douglas Thompson, is a play written by Gill Adams, with Keeler’s sanction and involvement and reveals the sensational inside story of the infamous Profumo affair: the biggest political sex scandal to rock the British nation in the 20th century.
Paul Nicholas, probably best known for the BAFTA award-winning TV series Just Good Friends, returned to BBC Television in 2010 with an appearance in Missing. Nicholas undertook a UK tour playing the Pirate King in the Carl Rosa Opera Company production of The Pirates of Penzance. Nicholas and Sean Maguire starred in a new play, The Haunting, continuing the following year with Charlie Clements. In September Paul will produce and direct the UK Tour of ‘Keeler’ a new play written by Gill Adams based on Christine Keeler’s book ‘The Truth At Last’.
Alice Coulthard is well known for her 2 year role as Maisie Wylde in Emmerdale. Alice’s other television appearances include Holby City, The Bill and the cult film The Cement Garden.
There is some nudity in the production which comes to York’s Grand Opera House in the autumn.
Monday 17 - Saturday 22 October
Evening 7.30pm, Wed & Sat Matinee 2.30pm
Tickets: £12.00 - £30.00
Box Office: 0844 870 3024
Online Booking: www.grandoeprahouseyork.org.uk