Chinese Whispers at Greenwich Theatre


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Based on the bizarre life of Sir Edmund Backhouse, a confidence trickster of the Victorian age who pulled off a string of audacious swindles against entire nations, Chinese Whispers is a highly-comic look at the notorious exploits of a man who claimed to have salacious affairs with everyone from Oscar Wilde to the Empress Dowager Cixi of China. Amongst his stings, Backhouse tricked the British Government over an arms deal, John Brown's Shipyard over a large quantity of battleships and the American Banknote Company regarding an order for printing one hundred million banknotes. Written by Jeremy Cantwell (ex-BBC) and Ian Lindsay (Men Behaving Badly, Benidorm), Chinese Whispers is an intelligent period comedy that romps through the often-raunchy enterprises of a man who knew no bounds.

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Greenwich Theatre

Greenwich Theatre
Crooms Hill
SE10 8ES
(020) 8858 7755

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