Durbridge thriller hits the stage

The Classic Thriller Season at Nottingham's Theatre Royal
The Classic Thriller Season at Nottingham's Theatre Royal

The Colin McIntyre Classic Thriller Season reaches its second week at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal.

The latest of the five productions planned for the summer is Murder in the Small Hours, written by Francis Durbridge, whose works are regularly performed by the company.

It can be seen from August 6-11 with performances starting Monday-Friday at 7.30pm, with a Wednesday matinee at 2pm, and Saturday performances at 5pm and 8pm.

In Murder In The Small Hours, Carl Houston is compelled to find the link between a Koala, an emerald necklace and a chef in this tale of intrigue and suspense.

The company enjoyed a record-breaking 2011 season at the venue, so they always looked likely to return, to keep Nottingham audiences on the edge of their seats with this slightly extended run of plays.

Adrian Lloyd James, co-producer and director for the Classic Thriller Season, said: “Due to the success of last year’s season, we have extended this summer to five weeks. As all five plays are new thrillers, never performed before in the Rep, the 2012 season is definitely one not to be missed.

“The company love returning to the Theatre Royal each year, and this time we look forward to treating our loyal fans to some terrific plays they won’t have seen here before ... we will keep them guessing right to the end to find out ‘whodunnit’!

Familiar faces in the cast have returned once more to perform different roles throughout the season, including Nicholas Briggs, Jo Castleton, Samuel Clemens, Andrew Dickens, Susan Earnshaw, Karen Henson, John Hester, Patric Kearns, Adrian Lloyd-James, Al Naed, Chris Sheridan, Jeremy Lloyd Thomas and Sarah Wynne Kordas plus newcomers John Goodrum and Daniel Manders-Joly.

The sets and costumes will be designed by Geoff Gilder with lighting design by Michael Donoghue.

The rest of the season features Tim Kelly’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (August 13-18), The Final Twist, by Ken Whitmore and Alfred Bradley, can be seen from August 20-25, and Shock! by Brian Clemens (August 28-September 1).

Tickets cost £19.50-£9.50 with concessions available. Call the box office on 0115 989 5555.