Durbridge play is back for more

Thriller fans are in for a treat when The Gentle Hook, written by Francis Durbridge, returns to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal this week.

Following on from its highly successful appearance in the 2013 Colin McIntyre Classic Thriller Season, The Gentle Hook can be seen until Saturday, March 1.

This intriguing play tells the story of Stacey Harrison, a woman who seems to have everything in life; charm, intelligence, sophistication and a highly successful career.

But when she kills an intruder in her home, cracks start to appear in her story and a gripping thriller unfolds.

Fans of Nottingham’s Colin McIntyre Classic Thriller Season, now coming up to its 26th consecutive year, will be delighted to see some very familiar faces returning to the Theatre Royal’s stage in this production, including Adrian Lloyd-James (Brad Morris), Susie Telfer (Madge Harrison), Chris Sheridan (Alan Kyle), Angie Smith (Stacey Harrison), Andrew Ryan (Phillip Harrison), Richard Sheridan (Charles Venner), George Telfer (Lennox) and David Gilbrook (Gerald Waddington).

Karen Henson, co-producer of the play and a regular on the Theatre Royal stage herself said: “The Gentle Hook went down a storm when we performed it as part of our Classic Thriller Season last summer, and we can’t wait to bring it back to Nottingham for another week.

“Audiences can expect intrigue, suspense and a thrilling finale guaranteed to have them on the edge of their seats!”

The production will be directed by Jeremy Lloyd Thomas and designed by Geoff Gilder.

Tickets are £10-£20 plus concessions.

They are available by going online to www.trch.co.uk or by calling the box office on 0115 9895555.

n Saturday, March 15, is the date for a show at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall called A Night In The West End.

Starting at 7.30pm, it features conductor Matthew Hopkins, singer Kerry Ellis, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Nottingham Trent University Choir and Nottingham Trent University Dance Troupe, performing some of the most popular West End hits from Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera and The Lion King.

Tickets are £10-£32, available from the box office number above.

n Finally, the same venue plays host to a concert on Friday, March 28 by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Conducted by Nicholas Collon, the concert features performances of Copland’s Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo, Barber’s Adagio For Strings, Gershwin’s Concerto In F (with soloist Jonathan Scott), Korngold’s The Sea Hawk Overture and Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Tickets are £10-32.50.

n The Reduced Shakespeare Company are back with their latest show The Bible: The Complete Word Of God (Abridged).

Written by Adam Long, Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, the show is being performed at Nottingham Playhouse on Wednesday, March 19.

Following the sell-out success of their 2013 UK tour, the three cultural guerrillas of The Reduced Shakespeare Company set their reductive sites on the good book with The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged). Can bolts of lightning be far behind?

The Reduced Shakespeare Company is a three-man comedy troupe that takes long, serious subjects and reduces them to short, sharp comedies.

Since 1981, they have created eight stage shows, two television specials, several failed TV pilots and numerous radio pieces – all of which have been performed, seen, heard and translated into Klingon the world over.

The company’s first three shows, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), The Complete History of America (abridged) and The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) enjoyed a nine-year run at the Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus.

The show takes place on Wednesday, March 19. Call the box office on 0115 9895555.