Night Must Fall

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An Original Theatre Company And Salisbury Playhouse Production
In Association With Eastbourne Theatres

When charming, smooth-talking Dan arrives unexpectedly at old Mrs Bramson’s remote woodland home he soon ingratiates his way into her life and that of her beautiful niece Olivia. But when a local woman goes missing and rumours in the press of a murder surface among the household, fingers begin to point. Has the past finally caught up with Dan and could he really be capable of murder? As the police close in, and with the press baying for blood, is anyone safe?

This psychological thriller from master playwright Emlyn Williams has all the tension, atmosphere and suspicion of the best British mysteries and will leave you on the edge of your seat.

A star cast includes Gwen Taylor (Barbara, Coronation Street and Heartbeat), Daragh O'Malley (Sharpe), Niamh McGrady (Holby City & The Fall) and Will Featherstone (Romeo and Juliet for Shakespeare’s Globe, The History Boys for Sheffield Crucible and Channel 4’s Fresh Meat).


Cast & Creatives

Gwen Taylor — Mrs Bramson

Gwen is one of Britain's leading actresses, well known for her many popular television and theatre roles.

Daragh O'Malley — Inspector Belsize

Training: LAMDA

Theatre includes: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Northern Stage) Mixed Marriage (Finborough) Danicing at Lughnasa (National Tour) and seasons at the RSC, Glasgow Citizens and The Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles where he received a Drama Logue Award for his portrayal of Sweeney in Patrick Marber's, Dealer's Choice

Television includes: Vera (ITV) , Silent Witness (BBC), Waking the Dead (BBC), In Deep (BBC), Wire in the Blood (ITV), Cleopatra (ABC), The Magnificent Seven (CBS), Longitude (Ch4), A Day in Summer (NBC), VEnedetta (HBO), Shaughnessy (NBC), McCready and Daughter (BBC), Camelot (Starz) and Sharpe (ITV)

Film Includes: Withnail and I, Puckoon, Cuthroat Island and The Long Good Friday

Niamh McGrady — Olivia

Niamh trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Theatre includes: Romeo And Juliet (Volcano Theatre Company), Jack And The Beanstalk (Waterfront Hall, Belfast), Twelfth Night (Chichester Festival Theatre), Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre, Gielgud Theatre West End and Broadway), Girls and Dolls and (Old Red Lion, Islington).

Television: Niamh is best known for playing regular Mary-Claire Carter in Holby City (BBC) and  regular PC Danielle Ferrington in three series of The Fall (Artists Studio for BBC).  Her other TV work includes Best: His Mother's Son (BBC), Doctors (BBC), Upstairs Downstairs (BBC), and Crossing Lines (Stillking Films).

Film includes: Macbeth directed by Rupert Goold, reprising her role from the acclaimed stage production, Learning to Breathe and Maze.  Also the short films Bat and Balls and Penny From Heaven.

Radio includes: Words and Music (BBC Radio) and The Haunted Road (BBC Radio).

Will Featherstone — Dan

Stage includes: Dr. Scroggy’s WarRomeo and JulietAs You Like ItAnne Boleyn (Shakespeare’s Globe); A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Comedy of Errors (Propeller) and The History Boys (Sheffield Crucible). Screen includes: A United Kingdom (Pathe); Fresh Meat (Ch4); Endeavour (ITV); Ashes to Ashes (BBC) and Midsomer Murders (ITV).

Luke Sheppard — Director

Luke has directed many education projects, including the RSC initiative WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW WITH MATILDA (Cambridge Theatre) and several projects with Youth Music Theatre. He is proud to have directed for leading drama schools including Arts Ed and GSA, and recently collaborated on a project with Sky Arts exploring computational creativity and the musical theatre form.

David Woodhead — Designer

David was a finalist in the Linbury Prize for Stage Design and won the 2014 Off-West End Award for Best Designer. He graduated from LIPA with a first class degree in Theatre & Performance Design. Recent productions include Billy Liar (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Abigail’s Party (Curve, Leicester), The Wasp (Hampstead Theatre) and Cafe Society Swing (59E59 New York).

As an Assistant/Associate Designer David has worked on productions for the Donmar Warehouse, National Theatre, Sheffield Crucible, Chichester Festival Theatre, Glyndebourne, The Metropolitan Opera, in the West End and on Broadway.

Howard Hudson — Lighting

Harry Blake — Composer & Sound Design

Harry Blake is an award-winning composer, lyricist and sound designer for film and live performance. He recently scored the British feature film Making It, currently in post-production, and is working on How to Stop Being Fat and Start Being Happy - a new musical - with playwright Jon Brittain (Margaret Thatcher, Queen of Soho).

Reviews of Night Must Fall

What the press say


"The tension is skilfully ramped up and one is on the edge of one’s seat to see just how it will turn out"

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What the public say

Well,I do not know what show these reviewers were at. Night Must Fall really is the best experience I have had in a theatre in the last 20 years. Unsettling and thought provoking. To have actors like Gwen Taylor and the great Daragh O'Malley at a local Ipswich theatre in a wonderful piece of writing was probably why every performance was sold out. I tried to get tickets for friends but was not surprised to see the sold out signs. I see the other venues are full too.

Mary Finnan

I have to agree with Richard Keeble, went to see this play this afternoon and was very disappointed. Found it to be VERY slow going, very dated and tedious, a waste of an afternoon!.

Lynn Knowler

Always, always interested to read another's review and I'm sorry that another patron didn't enjoy the performance, HOWEVER... This is only one perspective, many of the folk leaving the theatre were very happy with their evenings entertainment. Live theatre is a subjective thing and not everyone can have the same perspective. Sadly following my post you can't book the see Night Must Fall as its sold out, but many of the audience did not share the opinions shared above.

Jo Whelton

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