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Hugh Whitemore is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter.  He studied for the stage at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) where he is now a Member of the Council. He began his writing career in British television with both original teleplays and adaptations of classic works by Charles Dickens, W. Somerset Maugham, Daphne du Maurier and Charlotte Bronte among others.  He has won two Writers’ Guild of Great Britain awards and two Emmy Awards and was nominated for an Emmy for his adaptation of The Final Days (Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward’s book about President Nixon).  

His film credits include: All Creatures Great and Small (1975), 84 Charing  Cross Road (1987) and My House in Umbria (2003).  His plays include: Stevie (1977), Pack of Lies (1983), Breaking the Code (1987), The Best of Friends (1987) and the adaptation of Pirandello’s As You Desire Me. Whitemore is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

A Marvellous Year for Plums
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A Marvellous Year for Plums

Hugh Whitemore
 

Britain in 1956: the Suez Crisis.

Prime Minister Anthony Eden, described by a colleague as ‘half mad baronet and half beautiful woman’, is faced with the terrible possibility of leading his country into war. His health is collapsing. His friends, colleagues and opponents, among them Hugh Gaitskell and Ian Fleming and his wife Ann, are facing crises of their own, crises of conscience and crises of the heart. Hugh Whitemore’s new play is a true epic: a suspenseful thriller, an achingly romantic love story and a fascinating examination of a flashpoint in our history which still resonates today. What is the cost of an ‘illegal’ war?

Review
'A clever mix of high politics, private deception and a sprinkling of household names from Ian Fleming to John Prescott. A mixture too of humour and pathos and the feeling of sympathy with the characters at the same time as wanting to castigate them for having ‘made their own beds’.  The Public Reviews

 

Cast : 7M, 3F (doubling required)
Oberon Books UK | 978-1-84943-496-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Breaking the Code
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Breaking the Code

Hugh Whitemore
 
This compassionate play is the story of Alan Turing, mathematician and father of computer science. Turing broke the code in two ways: he cracked the German Enigma code during World War II (for which he was decorated by Churchill) and also shattered the English code of sexual discretion with his homosexuality (for which he was arrested on a charge of gross indecency). Whitemore's play, shifting back and forth in time, seeks to find a connection between the two events. When first performed in the 1980s, Breaking the Code was critically acclaimed in the UK before a Broadway transfer won it a raft of awards & nominations including threeTony Awards, and two Drama Desk awards. 



Cast : 2F, 7M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-466-9 | Sales rights: Australia & NZ | PB
Pack of Lies
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Pack of Lies

Hugh Whitemore
 
Hugh Whitemore’s classic play 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, who were convicted of spying for the Russians and sentenced to twenty years imprisonment.

The action centres on the quietly respectable, totally unsuspecting Jackson household - Bob, Barbara and daughter Julie - who live opposite the Krogers and consider them their closest friends.

When an MI5 official arrives suddenly and coerces the Jackson into allowing their house to be used as a surveillance post the decent, happy life is shattered as the are plunged into a sordid, alien world of deceit and intrigue, gradually learning the truth about their much-loved, trusted friends. Eventually Barbara reaches breaking point in the agonising realisation that the Kroger's have betrayed her and she has betrayed the Krogers.
Cast : 3M, 5F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-700-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Pack of Lies
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Pack of Lies

School Edition

Hugh Whitemore
 

In 1961, Peter and Helen Kroger, two Americans living in a London suburb, were convicted of spying for the Russians and sentenced to twenty years’ imprisonment.

From these facts Hugh Whitemore has written a powerfully moving fictional account of the events leading up to their arrest with the action centered on the totally unsuspecting Jackson household – Bob, Barbara and their daughter Julie. The Jacksons live opposite the Krogers, believing them to be a convivial Canadian couple and their closest friends. Then a mysterious stranger arrives, announcing he is from MI5 and quietly coerces the Jacksons into allowing their house to be used as a surveillance post.

In the nightmare months that follow, the Jacksons’ decent, happy life is shattered as the truth about their much-loved friends is gradually revealed to them and, helpless in an alien, sordid world of deception and treachery, Barbara reaches breaking point with the agonizing realization that the Krogers have betrayed her and she, in turn, has betrayed the Krogers.

Includes notes for teachers and those studying the play, written by Anthony Banks.

Cast : 5F, 3M
Oberon Books Ltd, UK | 978-1-78319-791-0 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB