The Coughing Major Millionaire scandal.
Rory Bremner, Britain’s top satirical impressionist, stars as TV’s Chris Tarrant in James Graham’s thrilling, entertaining and provocative drama, Quiz.
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?
OK, let’s go 50:50. You decide!
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?
Nominated for two Olivier Awards including Best New Comedy, James Graham’s smash hit play, Quiz, transferred to London’s West End with sensational reviews in 2018, following a sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre. And in 2020, millions tuned in to see the three-part ITV adaptation starring Michael Sheen, Matthew Macfadyen and Sian Clifford.
Rory Bremner is “a one-man opposition party” (Daily Telegraph). As a mimic, he’s provided definitive impersonations of PMs and Presidents from Major, Blair and Brown, to Clinton, Cameron, Bush and Trump. As himself, he’s been a presenter, writer, quiz-show host, actor, translator and even (briefly) ballroom dancer (Strictly Come Dancing, 2011).
Quiz is a fictional imagination based on real events which took place in 2001 following an episode of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? It is not in any way connected with the makers of the programme or any of the individuals portrayed.