Night Must Fall
Salisbury Playhouse and Original Theatre with Eastbourne Theatre. UK Tour
Designer David Woodhead | Lighting Designer Howard Hudson | Composer & Sound Designer Harry Blake | Casting Director Ellie Collyer-Bristow
Photos by Alastair Muir
"A killer thriller to knock 'em dead... Luke Sheppard’s production aims on purpose for that period horror — and it grabbed me. By the end I was jumping out of my skin at every bump and every owl-hoot... Plenty of good acting and a faithful re-creation of a Thirties classic. "
Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
"Creepy and insinuating psychological thriller that still has the power to disturb and entertain"
Mark Shenton, The Stage
"The flawless direction by Luke Sheppard shows us very clearly how timeless a piece this is, and brings out the skill of Williams’ script in presenting the dwindling sanity of a manipulative, cold-hearted killer. He also brings out the farcical and comic elements, which are so necessary alongside the slow ratcheting up of tension."
"Sheppard's cast is terrific all round, led by Taylor's overbearing, selfish, ultimately vulnerable matriarch, Featherstone's irresistibly enigmatic, menacing Dan and McGrady's compellingly complex Olivia. No doubt bold for its time, Night Must Fall is now a country-house period piece, for sure, but it works anew as an entertainingly ghoulish, twisted thriller, Sheppard skilfully shepherding it away from becoming a melodrama."
"The director Luke Sheppard has led his cast to a very polished performance...The audience was heard laughing as well as taking sudden intakes of breath at various times during the performance.... A ‘Five Star’ rating."
Night Must Fall is a delicious, atmospheric contradiction. ...This is a wonderful piece of suspense theatre that keeps you engaged until the last moment and is delivered by some great actors who create believable characters rather than period clichés. Catch it if you can.
"immaculately staged with all the meticulous details right... simply a class apart."
"brilliantly entertaining...wonderful revival"
"a gripping psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish...All the cast were superb...an entertaining and gripping watch with plenty of mystery and intrigue"