Spying and subterfuge in suburbia

The Mill Arts Centre
The Mill Arts Centre

No-one would have believed what was going on at 45 Cranley Drive in the sleepy north west London suburb of Ruislip in the 1950s.

Canadian antique booksellers Helen and Peter Kroger, were keeping a secret from their neighbours that would change all their lives forever.

Hugh Whitemore’s play Pack Of Lies, at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, from February 4 to 7, is inspired by the Portland Spy Ring – a Soviet operation in England from the 1950s until 1961.

The plot centres on Bob and Barbara Jackson and their teenage daughter, Julie, who are good friends with the Krogers.

MI5 arrive on the Jacksons’ doorstep and use their house as a surveillance post, to keep an eye on the Krogers.

In the nightmare months that follow, the Jacksons’ life is shattered as the truth about their much-loved friends is revealed.

Tickets for the Banbury Cross Players’ production are available from The Mill box office on 01295 279002.