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A chilling and spine-tinglingly gripping thriller by Patrick Hamilton

Two well-bred young men murder a fellow Oxford student just for the fun of it. Placing the corpse in a wooden box, they invite a group of friends over to their Mayfair apartment – including the loving mother of the boy they’ve just killed. Supper is served on the chest holding the gruesome contents. But one of their guests is starting to become suspicious…

Will this daring pair get away with their cat and mouse games?

Based on a 1920’s real-life case, this dark classic, brilliantly evoking a jazz age generation, was filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1948 and remains to this day one of the most tightly coiled of thrillers.

This major revival from the producers of Made in Dagenham is directed by Queen’s Theatre’s Artistic Director Douglas Rintoul (The Crucible, Much Ado About Nothing).

 ‘This is a compelling and surprisingly thought-provoking and absorbing production’
London Theatre 1

‘George Kemp nails the cool, psychotic Brandon with icy precision’
The Stage

 ‘James Sutton’s Granillo is an excellent study in a weak man growing ever more desperate as the enormity of what he has been made to do increasingly weighs him down.’
Anne at the Theatre

‘A thoroughly gripping night of theatre’ 

‘Wholly satisfying and well-judged performances from the fine cast’ 

‘The show is stolen by the brilliance of Sam Jenkins-Shaw, playing the sharp and observant Rupert Cadell’  
Yellow Advertiser

‘Full of suspense and intrigue’ 
Essex Enquirer

Age guidance 11+

This production includes strobe lighting.

Characters are required to smoke in this production. We believe this is essential to the artistic integrity of the performance and is therefore in compliance with the exemption to the smoke-free regulations of England.


Introduction to the Audio Described performance


Tue & Wed | 7.30pm || Thu, Fri & Sat | 8pm


£12.50 | £16 | £19
Under 26s | £8

Mon - Thu Eve, & Matinees
£18 | £22.50 | £26
Under 26s | £8
concessions and discounts available

Fri & Sat eve
£21.50 | £26 | £29

Wed 28 Feb | Talk Back | free
A chance to meet and question the company after the show.

Running Time

135 minutes


20 minutes

Access Details

Sign Language Interpreted performance
Wed 28 Feb | 7.30pm

Audio Description via a headset will now only be available at performances between Tue 27 Feb to Sat 3 Mar
Touch tours may be available at some performances - Please contact the box office on 01708 443333


Main House

Cast + Creatives

By Patrick Hamilton
Director Douglas Rintoul
Designer Ruari Murchison
Lighting Designer Mark Dymock
Sound Designer Yvonne Gilbert
Fight Director Bethan Clark

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