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Ira Levin's Classic Deathtrap Comes to Yvonne Arnaud Theatre this October

The Guide 2 Surrey 14/09/2017 Staff Writer

Image: James Beedham

One of theatre’s most enduring thrillers is heading to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford this October, with stars Paul Bradley and Jessie Wallace injecting fresh new life into Ira Levin’s classic ‘who’ll do It?’ play, Deathrap…

Deathtrap is a masterpiece of seat-gripping suspenseful writing, and continues to hold the record as the longest running thriller in Broadway history. 
The TV and stage actress and BAFTA nominee Jessie Wallace, who plays Myra in the play, shared some insight with us into her character, Myra, and the story’s initial premise, which soon spins into an elaborately sinister plot of murder and betrayal:
“Myra’s married to Sydney Bruhl, a famous playwright on Broadway," she says. "But he’s had writer's block for 18 years. But then he receives a play from one his students at university. It’s a great play, one he thinks could make millions on Broadway and be made into a film. And then he says to Myra that he plans to kill him. But then it all goes pear-shaped!”

Image: James Beedham
Ira Levin was one of 20th Century America’s most celebrated authors and playwrights, having written A Kiss Before Dying, Rosemary's Baby, The Stepford Wives and The Boys from Brazil. His play, Deathtrap, opened on Broadway in 1978, enjoying a four year run with over 1800 performances. It was adapted into a film starring Christopher Reeve, Michael Caine, and Dyan Cannon in 1982.
“It’s just great writing,” affirms Wallace. “It’s a great story. I love Ira Levin, I love Rosemary’s Baby. He’s a very clever writer. When you think you’ve seen it all, something else comes around the corner. There’s loads of twists and turns in it which I love.”
The play also stars Paul Bradley as Sydney Bruhl, best known for his ten-year role playing prime time TV favourite Professor Elliot Hope in BBC’s Holby City, as well as playing Nigel Bates in EastEnders for six years.
Deathrap comes to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford and runs from Tuesday 3rd October until Saturday 7th October. Book now to experience this unforgettable edge-of-the-seat thriller.

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