Soviet spies and suburban life clash at Westacre Theatre

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Despite Westacre Theatre only opening the doors to its next production tonight, tickets for all four showings have nearly sold out – the last few tickets are available now.

Hugh Whitemore’s acclaimed play of intrigue, Pack of Lies, will leave audiences questioning how well they truly know their neighbours this October.

Directed by Andy Naylor and Issy Huckle, the play is based on the true story of the infamous Krogers who were arrested for espionage in London during the 1960s.

The story centres on their seemingly genuine friendship with their unsuspecting neighbours the Jacksons, whose quiet suburban life is about to be altered forever when Scotland Yard comes calling.

Director Isobel Smith said: “We have wanted to stage this intriguing play for a while and are thrilled to be working on it now as part of our busy Autumn season. The scenes require an awful lot of dramatic tension and realism which is something we have all been relishing the chance to explore in rehearsals.

“Hugh Whitemore is a very precise writer and we are looking forward to tackling his work. We hope audiences will enjoy watching this tense yet touching story as much as we have enjoyed working on it.”

Bob and Barbara Jackson live a quiet, normal life in the suburbs with their teenage daughter Julie. When their glamourous Canadian neighbours Mr and Mrs Kroger arrived they were a welcome addition to the street and the two families soon became close friends.

Fast-forward several years and Scotland Yard have come unexpectedly calling on the Jacksons wanting to use their house for a surveillance operation gathering information about a Soviet spy ring. Little do the Jacksons know their friends the Krogers are the ones being watched. The presence of the police causes increasing tension and eventually the case breaks but the aftermath destroys the friendships forever. After all, who was really betraying who?

Pack of Lies is an intriguing, tense and dramatic play that delves into the lives of these characters and tells the remarkable story of these real-life events.

Featuring Westacre Theatre Company performers Karen Bates, Clive Hadfield, Robert Dale, David Connor, Katherine Shaw, Vanessa Dupont and Dot Williams, this riveting and gripping play will leave audiences thinking twice about who is living next door.

Pack of Lies is on tonight and tomorrow, and on Friday and Saturday next weekend, October 17, 18, 24 and 25, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £16 each and can be booked by calling the box office on 01760 755800 or online at