Record-breaking comedy thriller next up at Rugby Theatre - The Rugby Observer

Record-breaking comedy thriller next up at Rugby Theatre

Rugby Editorial 17th Apr, 2024   0

A RECORD-breaking comedy thriller opens at Rugby Theatre this weekend.

Deathtrap poses the question: how far would you go to achieve fame and fortune?

The play is set in the secluded home of Sidney Bruhl, a once-successful playwright struggling with a bout of writer’s block. Sidney receives a promising script from a former student, Clifford Anderson, and sees a chance to reclaim his former glory. But when Clifford arrives later that evening, no one – not even the visiting psychic – can predict where the dark events of the night will go.

As the plot thickens and secrets unravel, the line between reality and fiction blurs, leading to a series of shocking revelations and suspense.

Director Steve Crump said: “Plays don’t get much better than Deathtrap. With a dizzying array of plot twists, it holds the record for the longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway, and was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Play.

“While Deathtrap is set in 1970s America, the play is so well crafted and ingenious that it deals with themes which are universally human. The insightful, biting script spares no one: not writers, not producers, not even the audience.

“Every production at Rugby Theatre is only possible thanks to the effort and talents of the wonderful volunteers who give their time so generously.

“This, of course, includes the gifted cast, some of whom have been subjected to much discomfort in the rehearsal room. No spoilers, but weapons were involved!”

Deathtrap runs from April 20-27. Visit or call 01788 541234 for tickets.


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