Original Theatre, Trafalgar Theatre Productions and JAS Theatricals production for the new Torben Betts thriller, Murder in the Dark, will play Cardiff in early 2024.
Directed by Philip Franks, the UK & Ireland Tour opens at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre on September 7, 2023, and now runs through to March 2024. Murder in the Dark plays Cardiff’s New Theatre from February 27 – March 2, 2024.
Murder In the Dark will star Tom Chambers as Danny, Susie Blake as Mrs Bateman, Rebecca Charles as Rebecca, Jonny Green as Jake, Owen Oakeshott as William and Laura White as Sarah.
A new ghost story by acclaimed writer Torben Betts the play is set on New Year’s Eve when a car crash on a lonely road brings famous but troubled singer Danny Sierra and his extended family to an isolated holiday cottage in rural England. From the moment they arrive, a sequence of inexplicable events begins to occur… and then the lights go out.
Director Philip Franks says, “Horror films have been my guilty pleasure since I was a morbid child. Now is the time to find out whether many years’ worth of jump scares and terrible nightmares can be put to good use. We’ll also see whether my more adult theory – that horror often puts its finger on what worries us most as a society at any given time – will also hold true.“
Tom Chambers is known for his roles in Holby City, Casualty, Waterloo Road and Father Brown. He also won the sixth series of Strictly Come Dancing with his partner Camilla Dallerup. In theatre, he most recently appeared in the West End in Elf the Musical. He originated the role of Jerry Travers in Top Hat, which earned him an Olivier nomination.
Susie Blake has recently delighted audience across the country with her highly acclaimed portrayal of Miss Marple in The Mirror Crack’d. She is perhaps best known for roles in Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV, Coronation Street and Mrs Brown’s Boys.
Murder in the Dark will be directed by Philip Franks (for Original Theatre: The Mirror Crack’d, The Habit of Art, The Haunting of Alice Bowles, The Croft and A Cold Supper Behind Harrods) and designed by Simon Kenny, with lighting design by Olivier Award-winner Paul Pyant, original music and sound design by Max Pappenheim, sound associate Johnny Edwards and assistant director Bethany West.
The UK & Ireland Tour will be produced by Alastair Whatley and Tom Hackney for Original Theatre with Trafalgar Theatre Productions and JAS Theatricals and has an age guidance of 14+ For ticket availability visit Cardiff New Theatre’s website.