Susan Traherne, a former secret agent, is a woman conflicted by the contrast between her past, exciting triumphs — she had worked behind enemy lines as a Special Operations Executive courier in Nazi-occupied France during World War II — and the mundane nature of her present life, as the increasingly depressed wife of a diplomat whose career she has destroyed. Viewing society as morally bankrupt, Susan has become self-absorbed, bored, and destructive — the slow deterioration in her mental health mirrors the crises in the ruling class of post-war Britain.

Susan Traherne's story is told in a non-linear chronology, alternating between her wartime and post-wartime lives, illustrating how youthful dreams rarely are realised and how a person's personal life can affect the outside world in this Tony Award nominated play by Sir David Hare.


  • Katharine ManningSusan Traherne
  • Cynthia MaceAlice Park
  • Ned SchmidtkeRaymond Brock
  • Doug StenderCodename Lazar
  • Claude-Albert SaucierFirst Frenchman / John Begley
  • Jonathan MooreLeonard Darwin
  • Mark LewisMick
  • Julianne MooreLouise
  • Clifford ArashiMr. Wong
  • Anne MiyamotoMme. Wong
  • Denise StephensonDorcas Frey
  • Gary ReinekeSir Andrew Charlson
  • Al MohrmannSecond Frenchman
  • Edward GilbertDirector
  • David JenkinsScenic Design
  • Ann WallaceCostume Design
  • Pat CollinsLighting Design

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