Hitchcock thriller waits in the wings to strike terror to all

SPINE-CHILLING drama continues at the Devonshire Park Theatre when Talking Scarlet presents a production of Rope from June 12-16.

Made famous by Alfred Hitchcock’s 1948 film starring James Stewart, this compelling tale resonates as much with today’s society as it did back in 1929, when the play was first written.

Two young university students, Wyndham Brandon and Charles Granillo have taken the theories they learnt in class to the extreme and murdered fellow student, Ronald Kentley.

They hide Kentley’s body in a chest and proceed to host a party for his father, aunt and friends.

With their table conveniently out of action, the chest containing his corpse is used to serve the buffet.

As the evening progresses the perpetrators increasingly test their ingenuity and morality to the limit; but will any of their guests realise their dark secret?

Writer Patrick Hamilton’s exploration of morality and particularly the idea of people with superior intelligence being allowed to discard the lives of those who are less so, is not so alien to today’s society, making this classic play as thrilling as ever.

Returning for his second thriller in the season is Marcus Hutton (Brookside) who is joined by a talented cast which includes Ben Roddy, the one member of the ensemble who will be appearing in all three plays in the season.

Evening performances are at 7.45pm, with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

Tickets cost from £13.50-£18, call 412000.