Review: Skilfully crafted entertainment that poses interesting questions - Quiz, Noel Coward Theatre
Just like Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Quiz is a skilfully crafted piece of entertainment, the difference is that the questions it asks don't have simple multiple choice answers.
In Quiz he focuses on the ‘coughing Major’ scandal that enfolded the popular TV quiz Who Wants to Be A Millionaire in 2001 and the subsequent trial in 2003.
The Major - Charles Ingram - walked away with the £1m prize on the night but was later accused of cheating and taken to court together with his alleged accomplices.
Performed on a set styled to look like the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire studio, complete with onstage seating to mimic the studio audience, the play is structured like a court case.
The first half plays out what happened from the viewpoint of the prosecution and the second half is the turn of the defence.
With electronic devices, the audience can vote on whether Ingram (played by Gavin Stokes), his wife Diana (Stephanie Street) and the other 'conspirators' are guilty or not guilty.
Votes take place at the end of the first half and again at the end of the play after which the results from the previous 10 plays are displayed for comparison.
The style and structure is a reference to the subtler themes and subtext of the play, something that becomes more evident when audience opinion is canvassed.