Nail-biting thriller is Wick’s entry to arts awards

Guy Steddon, Simon Robinson and Dan Dryer in Rope for Wick Theatre
Guy Steddon, Simon Robinson and Dan Dryer in Rope for Wick Theatre

A THRILLER with a difference opens at the Barn Theatre, Southwick, tonight.

There has been a murder and the audience knows who has been killed, who did it and, most importantly, precisely where the body.

The nail-biting drama comes not from solving the case but from finding out whether the crime and the culprits will ever be discovered.

Judith Berrill, from Wick Theatre Company, said: “Rope is a masterpiece of suspense that dates back to 1929 but remains an almost unbearably tense and potent thriller.

“The play unfolds in real time, covering a single evening in a London house as a grotesque and macabre game is played out for the amusement of the killers.”

There are some wonderful comedic moments, too, and Patrick Hamilton considered it his finest play. It is thought to have been inspired by a true life case in America in 1924.

The play was famously adapted by Alfred Hitchcock for the Jimmy Stewart film of the same name, which remains on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 greatest films of all time.

The production is Wick’s entry in this year’s Brighton and Hove Arts Council Drama Awards.

Director Guy Steddon, a previous award winner, performs the role of Bandon with reptilian charm and he has assembled a great cast to appear alongside him.

Performances of Rope run until Saturday at the Barn Theatre, Southwick Street, Southwick, at 7.45pm.

Tickets £11 from the box office on 01273 597094 or at

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