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NIGHT MUST FALL     

Clwyd Theatr Cymru presents NIGHT MUST FALL by Emlyn Williams

Directed by Terry Hands
Designed by Martyn Bainbridge

A psychological thriller which takes audiences on a chilling journey into the mind of a murderer

Clwyd Theatr Cymru_s celebration of the Emlyn Williams Centenary - he was born at Mostyn in Flintshire in November 1905 - continues with a new production of his most popular drama Night Must Fall.

Night Must Fall was a huge hit for Williams in the West End and New York in the mid 1930s and reflects his own fascination with violent crime. The most frequently revived of his plays, it is widely considered to be the first genuine psychological thriller to be seen on the English stage which also established the stage thriller as a serious form of drama.

After its premiere at the Duchess Theatre, Night Must Fall, Williams’ first big hit, ran for eighteen months in London and went on to be filmed twice: most recently in 1964 with Susan Hampshire as Olivia, Sheila Hancock as Dora and Albert Finney as Dan.

Night Must Fall is the fascinating story of a murderer.

In an isolated woodland location Mrs Bramson, a middle aged hypochondriac, lives with a companion, her niece Olivia, and other domestic help.

When Dan, the boyfriend of her maid Dora, who is pregnant by him, is brought in to explain everything, his attentiveness gets him a position in the house.

But a woman is missing from The Tallboys, where Dan was previously employed, and when police bring news of her gruesome murder Olivia begins to suspect whether the young charmer is all he seems.

Mrs Bramson is played by Dilys Laye, the distinguished stage, film and TV actress. Dilys began her career in 1948 and made her Broadway debut in 1953 with Julie Andrews in the original cast of The Boyfriend. She became a familiar face in numerous British films from St Trinian’s to the Carry On series - Carry On Camping, Carry On Cruising and Carry On Doctor. In 1967 she appeared on screen with Marlon Brando in A Countess from Hong Kong, directed by Charlie Chaplin and his last film. In the theatre Dilys has worked with all the major British theatre companies and directors including Trevor Nunn, Adrian Noble and Terry Hands, with whom she has worked twice before at the Royal Shakespeare Company in The Bewitched by Peter Barnes and in The Balcony by Jean Genet.

Dilys Laye’s most recent West End productions include The Secret Garden, My Fair Lady, in which she played Mrs Pierce at Drury Lane directed by Trevor Nunn, An Ideal Husband, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Roald Dahl’s The Witches.

Dan is played by the young Welsh actor Lee Haven-Jones, a major success at last year’s Edinburgh Festival in The Pull of Negative Gravity at The Traverse, which later transferred to New York.

Other Clwyd company actors include John Cording and Lynn Hunter, seen recently in Brassed Off, Michelle Luther who appeared as Mary Warren in Terry Hands’ production of The Crucible, Charles Millham last here in Blythe Spirit and Jenny Livsey, memorable as Maggie Hobson in Hobson_s Choice which opened last season, and Cassandra in Troilus and Cressida.

Night Must Fall is directed by Terry Hands, whose recent productions include One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Troilus and Cressida and Brassed Off.

Cast: Inspector Belsize - John Cording, Dan - Lee Haven-Jones, Mrs Terence - Lynn Hunter, Nurse - Dora Jones, Mrs Bramson - Dilys Laye, Olivia Grayne - Jenny Livsey, Dora Parkoe - Michelle Luther, Hubert Laurie - Charles Millham.





TOUR DETAILS
Theatr Gwynedd, Bangor Friday 21 - Saturday 22 October 7.30pm. Box Office 01248 351708

Sherman Theatre, Cardiff Thursday 27 - Saturday 29 October 7.30pm. Box Office 029 2064 6900

Torch Theatre, Milford Haven Monday 31 October - Wednesday 2 November 7.30pm. Box Office 01646 695267

Theatr Hafren, Newtown Monday 7 - Tuesday 8 November 7.45pm. Box Office 01686 625007

Canolfan y Celfyddydau Aberystwyth Arts Centre Thursday 10 - Saturday 12 November 7.30pm. Box Office 01970 623232
 
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