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Finborough Theatre, Director Blanche McIntyre

Will Trenting, famous for his scandalous novels, is about to be knighted – an accolade which will welcome him to the establishment. But Will has been leading a double life and the award turns a spotlight on it. Tales surface of drunken parties, orgies and rough trade, and on the eve of his knighthood Will is accused of a shocking crime. Threatened with blackmail, Will has to decide where his priorities lie. Darkly comic and shocking, Accolade blows the lid off British hypocrisy.

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Blanche McIntyre’s production matches the play in quality and approach. The cast is splendid.

Ian Shuttleworth Financial Times

...there’s a delightful whiff of the corrupt old East End in the duet of Simon Darwen and Olivia Darnley as a pair of married pimps and swingers.

Michael Coveney What's On Stage

...a detailed production that's blessed with just about the finest cast I've ever seen in a fringe show:

Andrzej Lukowski Time Out