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Dial M for Murder
13 - 15 June 2019
20 - 22 June 2019
Frederick Knott’s Dial M for Murder is a classic thriller from the early 1950’s, a golden age for thrillers. It was first presented on stage in London’s West End in 1952 and was an immediate smash hit, getting its debut on Broadway shortly thereafter and being played on stages around the world to rave reviews. Alfred Hitchcock immediately snapped up the film rights and released it as one of his most successful movies in 1954, starring Grace Kelly and Ray Milland. It says a lot about the gripping nature of Knott’s original play that Hitchcock chose to replicate the stage experience in a screenplay that was derived straight from that text.
The play revolves around three characters; recently retired international tennis player Tony Wendice, his wife Sheila and a friend, Max Halliday and how their world collapses around them. This is no “whodunit” but an intricately plotted thriller, which constantly twists and turns keeping audiences in suspense until the final curtain falls. From the earliest scenes onward we know who the murderer is, how it is to be carried out and who is to be the victim and, right in the middle of the play, we see it acted out on stage … “before our very eyes” … but will the murderer face justice or get off the hook? Come and see it to find out.
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