Cell Mates takes as its central characters the spy George Blake and the Irish petty criminal, Sean Bourke, who sprang Blake from Wormwood Scrubs prison. It tracks their relationship from their first meeting in prison to their hide-out in London, and on to the flat they shared in Moscow.

Although the play is concerned with ambition and betrayal, it also deals with the equally murky issues of mutual dependence, self-imprisonment, and the couple’s desperate struggle for inner, as well as outer, freedom.


Hampstead Theatre Autumn 2018

Hampstead Theatre will stage Simon Gray’s Cell Mates as part of its Autumn season 2017. Directed by Artistic Director Edward Hall, this absorbing drama explores how personal freedom is an illusion and even friendship must have carefully circumscribed limits in a world where deception is a reflex response.


George Blake – Geoffrey Streatfeild

Philip/Viktor – Danny Lee Wynter

Sparrow/Stan – Philip Bird

Miranda/Zinaida – Cara Horgan

Sean Bourke – Emmet Byrne

Creative team:

Director – Ed Hall

Assistant Director – Milli Bhatia

Designer – Michael Pavelka

Production Manager – Alison Ritchie

Lighting designer – Rick Fisher

Sound Designer – John Leonard

Composer – Simon Slater

Dialect Coach – Richard Ryder

Russian Language Coach – Mila Alieva

Costume Supervisor – Jan Bench

Casting Directors – Suzanne Crowley and Gilly Poole

Stage Manager – Michael Dennis

Deputy Stage Manager – Rebecca James

Assistant Stage Manager – Imogen Firth


Cell Mates is now available as a Faber Contemporary Classic in Simon Gray: Plays 5. To order a copy on special offer at 25% discount please contact Faber and insert code GRAYPLAYS .
Cell Mates is also published in the following edtition:
Cell Mates (Faber and Faber 2017 ISBN 0571346022)



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