Classic Thriller Season returns to Nottingham

Published: 23 July 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

John Goodrum (Max Harrington), Susan Earnshaw (Mary Ticklewell), David Gilbrook (George Ticklewell), Karen Henson (Janet Harrington) and David Martin (Edgar Chambers) in Anybody for Murder Credit: Sarah Wynne Kordas

The Colin McIntyre Classic Thriller Season is to return to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal for its 31st consecutive year, with a different mystery in the spotlight each week.

Karen Henson from Tabs Productions, which is producing the season, said, “we're all very excited about winging our way to Nottingham for the summer, especially after obtaining the rights to Frederick Knott's Wait Until Dark, a classic underworld thriller set in 1960s London.

“The whole company are counting down the days and dusting off the poison bottles now ready for another criminal theatrical spree at the Theatre Royal.”

Wait Until Dark features a sinister conman looking for a mysterious doll who visits the apartment of Sam Hendrix and his blind wife Susy. With Sam potentially implicated in a murder, Susy realises the doll could be the key to his innocence and refuses to reveal its location. A deadly game of cat and mouse then ensues between the two of them and Susy knows the only way to play fair is by her rules. Wait Until Dark runs from Tuesday 30 July until Saturday 3 August.

Two Classic Thriller Season stalwarts Jeremy Lloyd Thomas and Andrew Ryan will don their best 1970s flares and platforms for Francis Durbridge's Murder With Love from Tuesday 6 until Saturday 10 August.

There will be laughs aplenty in the third week with Brian Clemens and Dennis Spooner’s murderous farce Anybody for Murder from Tuesday 13 until Saturday 17 August. It was last seen in the Classic Thrillers Season in 2010 and earlier in 2019 was part of a seven-play repertory season celebrating 70 years of Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre.

The final play will be Dangerous Obsession by N J Crisp, a tense psychological thriller that will tour the country after playing in Nottingham from Tuesday 20 until Saturday 24 August.