There are sure to be chills and goosebumps a-plenty this summer, regardless of the weather, when the taught psychological thriller by master playwright Emlyn Williams, Night Must Fall, opens at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne (19 August – 3 September) ahead of a national tour.
This new adaptation of the chilling tale of the stranger who comes a-calling to the isolated dwelling in the woods is set to have all the hallmarks of a stunning new production. Produced by The Original Theatre Company (Birdsong, Flare Path) in association with Eastbourne Theatres and the Sailsbury Playhouse and starring Gwen Taylor (Barbara, Duty Free), Daragh O’Malley (Sharpe), Niamh McGrady (Holby City, The Fall) and Will Featherstone (Fresh Meat, Endeavour) Night Must Fall is sure to leave audiences breathless in anticipation at the final devastating turn.
Despite being written over 80 years ago Night Must Fall is a deliciously tense thriller which will leave audiences teetering on the very edge of their seats. Set in the remote woodland home of reclusive and miserly wheelchair-bound Mrs Bramson a handsome young stranger Dan ingratiates his way into the house-hold and the affections of the callous and bitter old woman.
Beautiful naïve Olivia, Mrs Bramson’s niece, seems particularly drawn to Dan, but when the headless body of a woman is found in the nearby village fingers begin to be pointed… Who really is the seductive, manipulative Dan? And just what is he hiding in that battered old hat box which he fastidiously keeps locked?
Emlyn Williams originally wrote the part of the scheming psychopathic criminal Dan for himself, a part he took on both the West End and in Broadway; in this new production the tension is tightly wound to breaking point, as the mask of the charming stranger begins to slip and with nightfall hanging over the isolated bungalow with creeping anxiety and a nightmarish dread Mrs Bramson realises that, but for Dan, she is all alone…
Directed by Luke Sheppard who most recently directed the Olivier Award-winning In the Heights, for which he was nominated for Best Director at the Whatsonstage Awards. Luke said, “It’s a privilege to direct this extraordinary play just over eighty years since the first performance. It’s a gripping murder mystery with delightfully dark characters. I’m looking forward to audiences around the country discovering all the chills and thrills this rarely produced classic holds in store.”
Night Must Fall at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne from Friday 19 August – Saturday 3 September, nightly performances at 7.45pm and 2.30pm Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday, tickets from £15.50, to book call the box office on 01323 412000 or online.