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Wait Until Dark

24th October 2017 - 28th October 2017


The Original Theatre company in association with Eastbourne Theatres present


Directed by Alastair Whatley
Designed by David Woodhead

From the hand of Frederick Knott, author of Dial M Murder, and the producers behind Night Must Fall and Birdsong, comes a major revival of the classic, edge of your seat, thriller Wait Until Dark.

Set amidst the social turbulence of 60’s London the play follows the story of Suzy, a blind woman who left alone in her apartment becomes embroiled with a group of conmen hatching an elaborate scam. As the tension notches up, Suzy is left to fend for herself but with the phone line cut dead and the house plunged into darkness, can Suzy outwit the murderous visitors?

Wait Until Dark, made into a film starring Audrey Hepburn in 1967, is often ranked as one of the top 100 scariest films of all time and this exciting new production reclaims it for the stage.

A star cast includes Jack Ellis (Prime Suspect, Bad Girls) as Mike, Karina Jones as Susy and Oliver Mellor (Coronation Street) as Sam Henderson. Graeme Brookes (Invincible) and Tim Treloar (Dark Heart, Father Brown) will play Croker and Roat respectively. Shannon Rewcroft and Thomas McCarron complete the cast as Gloria and Policeman.

Suitable for 12+

Ticket price includes £1 contribution to our heritage fund.


★★★★★ “Groundbreaking… A true theatrical masterpiece”
“When you experience an 800+ seat theatre collectively hold their breath, you know you are witnessing thrilling theatre at its finest.”
West End Wilma

‘Delivers a powerful punch… Karina Jones, the first blind actress to play the heroine is a knockout’ Sunday Mirror

★★★★ “This revival proves, not just how influential the play was in its day, but also how effective it still remains.” Mark Shenton, The Stage on Night Must Fall

“A Killer Thriller to knock ‘em dead…By the end I was jumping out of my skin at every bump and every owl-hoot.” Quentin Letts, The Daily Mail on Night Must Fall

“You feel a ripple of excitment through the audience… My heart is definitely still pounding…” Audience reaction

“A chilling and terrifying role… Played for the first time by a blind actress Karina Jones” The Times

‘Delivers a powerful punch… Karina Jones, the first blind actress to play the heroine is a knockout’ Sunday Mirror

“Gripping… Shines a light on the power darkness has” WhatsOnStage

“Truly terrifying and astonishing… Prepare to be scared” Eastbourne Herald

★★★★ “Suspense, twists and turns… The cast is uniformly excellent” Latest Brighton



24th October 2017
28th October 2017
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Tues eve & mats: £24.08, £21.84, £19.60, £17.36
Wed & Thurs eves: £26.32, £24.08, £21.84, £19.60
Fri & Sat eves: £28.56, £26.32, £24.08, £21.84
Concessions and members discounts apply
Under 26's £8.96
Prices include 12% booking fee
Show Times:
Eves at 7.30pm
Wed & Sat mats at 2.30pm

Event Reviews

  • choiceradioworcester@hotmail.com

    Wait Until Dark is a somewhat creepy thriller written by Frederick Knott (who also wrote Dial M For Murder) in 1966 and which was soon after turned into a film starring Audrey Hepburn in the lead role. The premise of the film is quite sinister - 3 conmen (Jack Ellis, Graeme Brookes and Tim Treloar) take advantage of a blind wife alone in her Notting Hill Gate flat in an attempt to find a doll which supposedly contains drugs, using deceit and secret signals which she cannot pick up on (or at least they think she cannot pick up on them - oh how they underestimated her skills in this respect!)

    The twist here though, in what even Stephen King called the scariest movie of all time, is that the wife is, for the first time ever, played by a blind actress, Karina Jones. And as if to make it even more of a challenge for Karina, the stage is set on two levels with a staircase joining the two which she has to navigate on a number of occasions, with assorted tables, chairs and other furniture on stage which she has to avoid (unless deliberately tripping up as required sometimes by the script) and various doors through which she has to go. It is quite amazing that this was all achieved with perfect timing and barely a hint that, just like her character, she could not see what was going on around her in reality.

    The irony, of course, comes in the final minutes when, as per the play's title (and a warning was given about this), the entire set is plunged into total darkness putting the cast on a level playing field whilst giving Karina's character the upper hand as she knows her apartment layout intimately.

    It has to be said that blindly scaling stairs on stage for most of us would be scary enough but for Karina may be second nature, given that she is also a very accomplished aerial circus performer and participated in the Paralympics Opening Ceremony! And it is totally fitting that the role of a blind person should be given to an actress who can certainly empathise completely with the character she plays.

    Wait Until Dark is another classy production from the Original Theatre Company (who have also presented Flare Path and Birdsong at the theatre) and fully lives up to expectations. A very creepy night out!

  • Judith

    I have to say that initially I found this play quite disjointed, and very physical, with a lot of running up and down stairs, however, the actual plot was great. Scarily, the lead female part played by a blind actress was amazing, and I feel great respect for Karin, it must have been very difficult. But a great achievement.
    Nice to see Jack Ellis again - last seen by me in one of the best stage adaptations ever of Great Expectations at Malvern. And a good supporting cast. A great evening and appreciation for such hard work.

  • Karen

    Dreadful production in every respect.

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