TV star heads cast of mesmeric thriller

Christopher Timothy in Dial M For Murder
Christopher Timothy in Dial M For Murder

Frederick Knott’s mesmeric thriller Dial M For Murder is coming to the area, in a touring version starring Christopher Timothy.

Presented by Fiery Angel and West Yorkshire Playhouse, in association with Colchester Mercury, the play can be seen at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from April 22-26.

Lucy Bailey’s acclaimed production returns to the stage following its hugely successful premiere in 2009.

Made famous by Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1954 film version, Frederick Knott’s Dial M For Murder tells the story of the cold and calculating Tony Wendice who is convinced his wife is having an affair.

He sets out to plan and execute the perfect murder ... until it falters in the most unexpected way.

Claustrophobic and frightening, Lucy Bailey’s exciting production reclaims this brilliant and erotic tale of betrayal, passion and ultimately, murder.

Christopher Timothy plays the role of Inspector Hubbard. Actor, television director and writer, Christopher is best known for his TV roles as James Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small and as Mac McGuire in BBC’s long-running daytime show Doctors.

Stepping into the shoes of Grace Kelly in Hitchcock’s film, Kelly Hotten plays the role of Sheila Wendice. Other roles are played by Daniel Betts (Tony Wendice), Philip Cairns (Max Halliday), and Robert Perkins (Captain Lesgate).

Frederick Knott wrote a number of stage plays, of which Dial M For Murder was the first and probably his most successful.

He also wrote the screenplay for the 1954 Hitchcock film, which starred Ray Milland, Grace Kelly and John Williams.

Director Lucy Bailey has worked for many of the country’s leading theatre and opera companies including the Royal National Theatre, Glyndebourne Opera and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. One of her most recent directing credits includes the critically acclaimed production of The Winter’s Tale for the Royal Shakespeare Company. The designer is Mike Britton, lighting designer is Chris Davey and sound designer is Mic Pool.

Tickets to see the play cost £12-£29.50 (plus concessions) and are available by calling the box office on 0115 9895555 or by going to www.trch.co.uk