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Actress Coral Browne travels to Moscow, and meets a mysterious Englishman. Turns out he's the notorious spy, Guy Burgess. Based on a true story, with Ms. Browne playing herself.
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The Shakespeare Memorial Theatre's tour of Leningrad (December 12-21, 1958) and Moscow (December 24 to January 5, 1959) was the first time a major British theatre company had gone to the Soviet Union. As well as Coral Browne as Gertrude, the production featured Michael Redgrave as Hamlet, Dorothy Tutin as Ophelia, and Mark Dignam as Claudius (the Charles Gray character). When Burgess makes a remark about Laertes' tights, he is referring to a young Edward Woodward. Other members of the cast included Julian Glover, Anthony Nicholls, Eileen Atkins, Sir Ian Holm, and Edward De Souza.
Outside Shakespeare, the word "treason" to me means nothing - only you pissed in our soup, and we drank it.
When Coral, in Burgess' flat, says 'The theatre's in a dreadful state', her lips are out of sync.
[At end of opening credits] "Although some incidents are imaginary... this is a true story. It happened to Coral Browne in 1958."