Thrills galore as season returns

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

The Colin McIntyre Classic Thriller Season kicks off at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal on July 30.

There will be five brand new thrillers, beginning with Whodunnit, by Anthony Shaffer, running from July 30-August 4.

Six strangers gather for dinner, little suspecting that they will be threatened with blackmail by one of their fellow guests.

When the potential blackmailer is found dead, Inspector Bowden is called to investigate but, Whodunnit?

Performances are at 7.30pm (Mon-Fri), plus a Wednesday matinee at 2pm. The Saturday shows are at 5pm and 8pm.

The 2011 Classic Thriller Season proved to be a record breaker, and this year’s co-producer and director, Adrian Lloyd James, explained: “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 will return once more to perform different roles throughout the five-week 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 plays in the season will be Francis Durbridge’s Murder In The Small Hours (August 6-11), Tim Kelly’s adaptation of Frankenstein (August 13-18), The Final Twist (August 20-25), written by Ken Whitmore and Alfred Bradley, and Brian Clemens’s Shock! (August 28-September 1).

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