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Gripping drama will be coming to stages throughout the country later this year with the UK tour of Frederick Knott's crime thriller Wait Until Dark. The play, which commences its national tour in August and will be performed at the Lichfield Garrick theatre from October 10-14, is set amidst the social turbulence of 1960s London. The story centres around Susy, a blind woman who, left alone in her apartment, becomes the victim of an elaborate scam hatched by a group of conmen. Susy is left to fend for herself, and eventually finds a way to turn the tables on the conmen and give them a taste of life in the dark.

Wait Until Dark
Wait Until Dark embarks on its national stage tour in August


Frederick Knott, who is probably best known for writing Dial M For Murder, wrote Wait Until Dark in 1966. The 1967 film adaptation, in which Audrey Hepburn starred as Susy, is often ranked as one of the top 100 scariest movies of all time. The current stage version of Wait Until Dark will be directed by Alastair Whatley, and stars Karina Jones as Susy, Graeme Brookes as Croker, Tim Treloar as Roat, Jack Ellis as Mike, and Oliver Mellor as Sam Henderson. The tour is due to begin at the Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne on August 24, with a national press night on Tuesday 5 September in Richmond, before it is scheduled to finish its run in Guildford on December 2.

Wait Until Dark
Can Susy overcome intruders in her home despite being blind?


The national tour of Wait Until Dark has been produced by Tom Hackney for The Original Theatre Company, which was formed in 2004 by its creative director Alastair Whatley. The company now stages at least three productions each year, performing more than 250 shows in front of an estimated total of 150,000 people during the course of 2016. At the same time, The Original Theatre Company also operates accompanying outreach and education programmes. Wait Until Dark will be playing at the Lichfield Garrick from Tuesday 10th to Saturday 14th October with a variety of evening and matinee performances. Tickets start from 23 and can be booked online or by calling the Box Office on 01543 412121.

Lichfield Garrick
Lichfield Garrick to stage Wait Until Dark in October


The 2017 UK Tour Dates

24 August 2 September Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne 01323 412000 www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk

5 9 September Richmond Theatre 0844 871 7651
www.atgtickets.com/richmond

12 16 September Everyman Theatre Cheltenham 01242 572573 www.everymantheatre.org.uk

19 23 September Cambridge Arts Theatre 01223 503333
www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

25 30 September Salisbury Playhouse 01722 320333
www.salisburyplayhouse.com

3 7 October Exeter Northcott Theatre 01392 726 363
www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

10 14 October Lichfield Garrick Theatre 01543 412121
www.lichfieldgarrick.com

24 28 October Malvern Festival Theatre 01684 892277
www.malvern-theatres.co.uk

31 October 4 November Palace Theatre, Southend 01702 351135 www.palacetheatresouthend.co.uk

6 11 November New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

14 18 November New Theatre, Cardiff 029 2087 8889
www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk

21 25 November York Theatre Royal 01904 623568
www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

28 November 2 December Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford 01483 440000
www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
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Why? Gripping Drama From The Man Who Wrote Dial M For Murder
When: 24 August to 2 December 2017
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Lichfield tickets from 23
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