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8th May – Who Is No.1? – Fringe - 2023

Who Is No.1?

Doors 7.30pm // Latest Music Bar // Tickets

1966. Patrick McGoohan, the world’s highest-paid actor, having already turned down James Bond, walks out of his hit series Danger Man for a new project that seems to encapsulate all the paranoia, intrigue and psychedelic insanity of the swinging sixties. Backing him is Lew Grade, Britain’s leading impresario, head of a legendary entertainment dynasty. Together they make The Prisoner, a cult TV masterpiece – the most written-about TV series of all time. But, through all the tensions, strains, triumphs and controversies, there’s one question that remains: “Who is No. 1?”

The latest comedy play from the multi-award-winning writing duo Brian Mitchell (co-writer of The Ministry of Biscuits) and Joseph Nixon (co-writer of West-End hit The Shark Is Broken), explores the age-old tensions between artist and patron, prophet and king, telling the truth and pleasing the crowd, and why artists sometimes risk everything for their vision.

Performed by a cast of Brighton’s finest, including previous festival award-winners Ross Gurney-Randall (Big Daddy Vs. Giant Haystacks, Follow Me) and Robert Cohen (The Trials of Harvey Matusow, High Vis) in a special preview presentation from the Foundry Group, winners of’s OffFEST Award for Theatre, Brighton Fringe 2022.

Running Time: 90 minutes including 15 min interval