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Preview: Quiz at Newcastle Theatre Royal

Is That Your Final Answer?



Newcastle Theatre Royal

Tuesday 3 – Saturday 7 October 2023

Further casting has been announced for James Graham’s thrilling and provocative drama, Quiz coming to Newcastle Theatre Royal in October 2023.

Joining Rory Bremner, Britain’s top satirical impressionist and renowned comedian who stars as Chris Tarrant, will be TV favourites Charley Webb, Lewis Reeves and Mark Benton.

Recognised to millions for her role as Debbie Dingle in Emmerdale, Charley was nominated at the 2014 British Soap Awards for Best Female Dramatic Performance. Since leaving the soap in 2021, she has appeared in Better for the BBC and will be seen in The Long Shadow which will air in September on ITV. Trading the drama of the Dingle family and stepping into the scandal of the Ingrams, Charley will take on the role of wife and accomplice, Diana Ingram.

Lewis Reeves starred in the hugely popular black comedy-drama I May Destroy You which was nominated for nine Emmys in 2021, and has recently appeared alongside Keeley Hawes in the Sky science fiction series The Midwich Cuckoos. He is best known for his role as DC Jake Collier in the ITV drama Unforgotten, for which he appeared in four series of the show. Quiz will be Lewis’ first UK tour and will see him in the hot seat, called for duty as ‘The Coughing Major’ Charles Ingram.

A beloved TV and stage star, Mark Benton recently appeared on stages up and down the country in Ramps on the Moon’s Village Idiots, and other critically acclaimed touring productions including Glengarry Glen Ross and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He has also been a regular on our TV screens since the early 90s, and best known for roles including Eddie in Early Doors, Howard in Northern Lights, Martin Pond in Barbara and Daniel ‘Chalky’ Chalk in Waterloo Road.

Most recently he can be seen as one of the titular characters in the BBC One’s Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators. He will be swapping his police badge and taking up the gavel as, Judge Rivlin along with other roles, in the upcoming tour of Quiz.

Completing the main cast will be Leo Wringer, who has had a prolific career on stage spanning over four decades, comedian and actress Sukh Ojla, whose recent screen credits include the streaming phenomenon Bridgerton and Marc Antolin whose stage career has seen him take on West End musicals and plays, most notably Little Shop Of Horrors at Regent’s Park Theatre, for which he was Olivier nominated.

The production explores the real-life story of Charles Ingram, aka the Coughing Major, who conned the world’s most popular TV quiz show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire out of £1,000,000. Or did he?

September 2001: The nation is gripped by a scandal that remains, to this day, a mystery. In an outrageously audacious heist, Charles Ingram, aka the Coughing Major, and his accomplices duped the world’s most popular TV quiz show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, out of £1,000,000. Or did they? And if they did cheat, how did they really do it?

Uncovering new evidence, it’s time to ask you, the audience, to put fingers on keypads and answer the ultimate 50/50: guilty or not guilty?


Quiz plays Newcastle Theatre Royal Tuesday 3 – Saturday 7 October 2023. Tickets can be purchased at or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 0191 232 7010.

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