the Classic Thriller Season is to go ahead at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from next month, despite the unexpected death earlier in the year of producer and director Colin McIntyre.
His company has played 22 consecutive years at the Theatre Royal Nottingham, bringing a series of murder mysteries to entertain summer theatre crowds.
Now in its 23rd year, theatre director and long-time friend and colleague of Colin McIntyre, Adrian Lloyd-James, is taking over the reins on what has become a something of a summer tradition in Nottingham.
He explained: “I first worked with Colin 28 years ago, and I have been lucky enough to be involved in the Theatre Royal’s Classic Thriller Season for most of those years.
“Colin was a true original, a great director and a consummate professional. While no-one could ever replace him, I am delighted to have been given the honour of presenting this year’s Thriller Season. We have an incredibly loyal Nottingham audience, and I would like to let them know that I will be keeping the tradition of the Thriller Season very much alive; spine-chilling dramas with the merest touch of playful humour. That was the genius of Colin’s work and I think the reason why people return to see us year after year.
“The whole company is looking forward to returning to Nottingham this summer and we will be raising a toast to Colin’s memory on the opening night. And probably a few other nights as well!”
In keeping with the Classic Thriller Season tradition, the plays to be performed will be Sweet Revenge, Death by Fatal Murder, Strangers on a Train and Murderous Liaisons.
The first thriller to whet fans’ appetites will be Francis Durbridge’s Sweet Revenge, from Monday August 8-13. An affair, a broken heart, a web of enemies and a murder; this classic whodunit will keep audiences guessing to the very end.
Peter Gordon’s hilarious spoof of the Agatha Christie genre, Death by Fatal Murder, follows on from last year’s runaway success with Murdered To Death. The play runs from August 15-20.
The following week, from August 22-27, a chance meeting has deadly consequences in Strangers on a Train by Craig Warner, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith.
To round off the season, from August 30-September 3, Brian Clemens’s exciting thriller Murderous Liaisons, tells of diamond heists, deceit, double-crosses and murder plots on the Costa Del Sol.
Tickets for all these plays are available from the box office on 0115 9895555.
THRILLS AND SPILLS: Patric Kearns, Adrian Lloyd-James and Nicholas Briggs in a scene from last year’s Classic Thriller Season at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal.