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Cold War thriller hits Eynsham stage 13 May 2024 The Bartholomew Players latest play has an award-winning director

Eynsham’s local amateur dramatics group, the Bartholomew Players, is fast approaching the opening of their latest show, Pack of Lies, which has been directed by their BAFTA-award winning patron Laurence Marks.

This Cold War-era thriller by Hugh Whitemore is based on a true story of KGB agents hiding in plain sight in North London. Marks suggested Pack of Lies as a suitable production to mount and offered to direct it himself after having been impressed by the talents of the Players at a previous performance.

The play will open on Wednesday 15 May (doors open 7pm, performance starts 7.30pm) at Eynsham Village Hall and will run on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at the same time. Tickets costs £12 and the Friday evening performance is almost sold out – you’ll need to move fast if you want to catch this exciting production.

For the Bartholomew Players – who will celebrate their 50th anniversary next year – this production has been extra special courtesy of being directed by such an experienced, knowledgeable professional. Marks is a writer and the name behind such TV series as Birds of a Feather.

For the audience, there is much to enjoy in this tense thriller, which raises questions and dilemmas that society continues to grapple with today around betrayal, loyalty and how far patriotism excuses morally-dubious behaviour.

Read more about Bartholomew Players on their website: Tickets can be booked in advance online at, by emailing or calling Denise Santilli on 07721 744020. They can also be purchased at Evenlode DIY in Eynsham.



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