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Presented by Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and New Wolsey Theatre.

A chilling and spine-tinglingly gripping thriller by Patrick Hamilton.

Two well-bred young men murder a fellow Oxford student just for the fun of it. Placing the corpse in a wooden box, they invite a group of friends over to their Mayfair apartment – including the loving mother of the boy they’ve just killed. Supper is served on the chest holding the gruesome contents. But one of their guests is starting to become suspicious…

Will this daring pair get away with their cat and mouse games?
Based on a 1920’s real life case, this dark classic, brilliantly evoking a jazz age generation, was filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1948 and remains to this day one of the most tightly coiled of thrillers.

This major revival from the producers of Made in Dagenham is directed by Queen’s Theatre’s Artistic Director Douglas Rintoul (The Crucible, Much Ado About Nothing).

Recommended for ages 11+

Cast & Creatives

George Kemp — Wyndham Brando

Theatre: The Wipers Times (Arts Theatre, West End and National Tour); Emma (National Tour); Posh (Greenwood Theatre, LAMDA); The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas , Of Mice and Men (Lindbury Studio, LAMDA); The Winter’s Tale (Pleasance Theatre, LAMDA); Giraffe – Raisin’ The Roof, Giraffe – Let’s Talk About Sketch Baby (Edinburgh Fringe); Twelfth Night, The Revenger’s Tragedy (LAMDA); Dead Reckoning (National Tour); Flight, Shuffle (NYT); Yeoman of the Guard (Carl Rosa Opera).

Film: Prince Charming (Outloud Productions); Sammy (Pretzel Films).

James Sutton — Charles Granillo

James is best known for playing John Paul McQueen in Hollyoaks, a role he was thrice nominated for a British Soap Award in 2007 for and shortlisted for a National Television Award in 2007. In 2013, James launched BrokenLeg Workshops, his own pop-up acting company, based in Liverpool, designed to help new actors develop their skills in front of the camera.

Theatre: As You Like It, The Pitchfork Disney, The Rover, Widows (Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama)

Television: Hollyoaks, 8 Days That Made Rome, Emmerdale, Scott & Bailey

Nico Pimpare — Sabot

Theatre: Groups (Lyric Hammersmith, R&D); Romeo & Juliet (Steiner Theatre); Gallows Rope (Steiner Theatre & Bread and Roses); 2:1 (Richmix and Camden People’s Theatre); The Virtuous Burglar (Edinburgh, Paradise in Augustines).

Television: He will appear in season 21 of Silent witness (BBC1).

Film: Uneventful (BFI/Crypt TV); How To Dance At A Wedding (BBC Radio 4).

Born from a French father and an Indian Mother, Nico is an active member, ambassador and course assistant for the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. Nico is also a theatre director, alumnus of the Young Vic 2017 Emerging Directors’ Springboard programme, whose credits include critically acclaimed sell-out run of Dead Souls at Theatre N16, as well as scratch performances at the Young Vic (Freshworks), the Blue Elephant and The Courtyard.

Fred Lancaster — Kenneth Raglan

Theatre: This House, The Silver Tassie (National Theatre); Henry V (Michael Grandage Company/West End); The Deep Blue Sea (Watermill Theatre);  Merlin (Nuffield Theatre); The Winter’s Tale (Mercury Theatre Colchester);  Julius CaesarA Midsummer Night’s Dream (Storyhouse);  As You Like It, Two Gentlemen of Verona,  Stig of The Dump (Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre);  Private Resistance (Eastern Angles Spring Tour); Closer To Walk (St. James Theatre); Silent Night (Theatre 503); Fallujah (Cockpit Theatre); Play 14 (Vaults Festival).

Television: Inside the Titanic (Discovery Channel); Secret Diary of a Call (ITV).

Film: No Shade (Independent Films)

Training: Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Fred is also the founder and director of Brighton Youth Theatre.

Phoebe Sparrow — Leila Arden

Theatre: The Dresser (Duke Of York’s and UK Tour); City Stories (St. James Theatre and Off Broadway); Fathers And Sons (Donmar Warehouse) and Flowering Cherry (Finborough Theatre).

Television: Downton Abbey (ITV), Inside No 9 (BBC 2) and The Masquerade (SlungLow).

Janet Amsden — Mrs Debenham

Theatre: Windows, The Blood is Strong, Rigor Mortis (Finborough Theatre); The Killing of Sister George (Artful Theatre); Flying Cloud (Hull Truck & N/E Tour); Edith in the Dark (Harrogate); Flying Cloud (Leeds Playhouse & Tour); The Boyfriend (2011 ShowTime Challenge, Her Majesty’s Theatre); Random Acts of Kindness (Courtyard & Etcetera); The Chairs (Ustinov Studio Bath); They Have Oak Trees in North Carolina (Tristan Bates/503); Richard III (Greenwich Theatre); Daisy Pulls It Off (Lancaster Dukes); Dead Soil, The Seagull (Leicester Haymarket); Animal Farm (The Royal National, No 1 UK & European Tours); Filumena (Manchester Library); Kathie & The Hippopotamus (Traverse & Almeida Theatre); Greek (Old Half Moon); Midsummer Night's Dream (Bristol Old Vic); The Seagull (Leicester Haymarket); Widowers House, Coriolanus (Liverpool Everyman); Dream Play (Traverse Theatre).

Television: Doctors, The Thirteenth Tale, The Bill, Hotel Babylon, Semi regular in EastEnders, Casualty, Spooks, Family Affairs, Daylight Robbery and many more.

Film: Toast, Where Hands Touch and Testament of Youth.

Cara Chase — Lady Kentley

Theatre: A Murder is Announced (Middle Ground Theatre Co - UK/Ireland No.1 Tour); Animals, Life's Work (Theatre 503); Memory of Edgar Lutzen (Old Red Lion); The Merry Wives of Windsor (Globe Theatre); Uncle Vanya (Trafalgar Studios); Goodbye  My Love (Southwark Playhouse); Henry V (Rose Theatre); A Lie of the Mind (Battersea Arts Centre); Random  Acts of Malice, Tube (Union Theatre); Mountain Language  (Royal Court).

Television: Agatha Christie — A Life in Pictures (BBC2); Island At War (Granada); April Rhapsody (Sinoscope); Sex, Guys and Video Tapes (Channel 4).

Film: Mute, Tiebreaker (Two Trick Pony Productions); StarGirl (Pixie Films); Margaret, Subject (Garden Gate Arts).

Audio Drama: Dead Beat Escape (Big Finish Productions).

Radio: Ingrid (BBC Radio Wales).

Commercials: Terry's Chocolate Orange, Lloyds Pharmacy Nationwide and Wales Tourist Board.

Sam Jenkins-Shaw — Rupert Cadell

Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing (Silvano Toti Globe Theatre, Rome & RADA Studios); Bury the Hatchet (The King’s Head, & upcoming at The Southwest Shakespeare Festival, Arizona 2018); Future Conditional (Old Vic); The Bashful Lover (Globe Theatre); Macbeth (Catford Broadway); Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare in the Squares); Lady Percy (Queynte Ladies); Hamlet (Cockpit Theatre); Long Story Short (Charing Cross Theatre); Measure for Measure (Nuffield Southampton); The Comedy of Errors and Hamlet (Pendley Shakespeare Festival).

FilmThe Overcoat; ReleasedFloatA ViewfinderDave and David.

Training: LAMDA.

Reviews of Rope

What the press say

'Engrossing black comedy, highlighting the pitfalls of intellectual vanity and the dangers of the superman complex'

The Stage

'A compelling and surprisingly thought-provoking and absorbing production.'


'The skillful exploitation of dramatic irony and resulting macabre humour, makes for a thoroughly gripping night of theatre'

The Spy in the Stalls

What the public say

Thoroughly enjoyed the performance and would highly recommend.

Karen Bunce

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