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Anne Odeke - Night Must Fall

Mon, 29 Aug 2016

Later this year ANNE ODEKE will be appearing alongside Gwen Taylor in NIGHT MUST FALL, a play set to tour the UK and produced by Salisbury Playhouse and The Original Theatre Company. Currently it is appearing at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne till 3rd Sept and then on to the Salisbury Playhouse between 6 – 24 September 2016

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Salisbury Playhouse and The Original Theatre Company in association with Eastbourne Theatres will present a national tour of the Psychological thriller Night Must Fall by Emlyn Williams. The production will be directed by Luke Sheppard.

When charming, smooth-talking Dan arrives at old Mrs Bramson’s remote woodland home, he soon ingratiates his way into her life and that of her niece, Olivia. But when a local woman goes missing and is later found murdered, Olivia begins to suspect her aunt’s new private assistant. She resolves to find out the truth.

Emlyn Williams wrote Night Must Fall in 1935 and played the lead role in the first stage production. The play was noted for its exploration of the killer’s complex psychological state, a step forward for its genre. Robert Montgomery starred in the film version in 1937 and Albert Finney in the 1964 re-make.

The production will star Gwen Taylor as Mrs Bramson. Gwen is best known for playing the title role in the ITV sitcom Barbara, as well as Anne Foster in Coronation Street, Peggy Armstrong in Heartbeat, Rita Simcock in A Bit of A Do, for which she was nominated for a BAFTA TV Best Actress Award, and Amy in Duty Free. Her film appearances include The Lady in the Van and Monty Python’s Life of Brian.

Daragh O’Malley  (Sharpe) will play Inspector Belsize. The cast will also include Alasdair Buchan as Hubert, Anne Odeke as Nurse Libby, Mandi Symonds as Mrs Terence and Melissa Vaughan as Dora, with further casting to be announced.

Luke Sheppard said, “It’s a privilege to direct this extraordinary play just over eighty years since the first performance. It’s a gripping murder mystery with delightfully dark characters. I’m looking forward to audiences around the country discovering all the chills and thrills this rarely produced classic holds in store.”

Night Must Fall will be designed by David Woodhead, with music and sound by Harry Blake and lighting by Howard Hudson.