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Cytringan Players

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 true facts Hugh Whitmore has written a powerfully moving fictional account of the events leading up to their arrest, with the action centred 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, announces he is from MI5 and quietly coerces the Jacksons into allowing the 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 agonising realisation that the Krogers have betrayed her and she, in turn, has betrayed the Krogers.

THE CAST

 

Barbara Jackson - Sophie

 

Julie Jackson - Lucy Swann

Bob Jackson - Wilf Portch

Helen Kroger - Debbie Draycott

Peter Kroger - Kevin French

Thelma - Sarah Stringer

Sally - Becky Mineards

Stewart - Peter Laughton