It is a story that has already inspired many pieces of popular entertainment, most notably Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rope” with James Stewart, John Dall and Farley Granger, but this year at the Charing Cross Theatre audiences will get to witness the original story as it happened as “Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story” appears on its stage. The show has already been seen by those that picked up Theatre Tickets at Tristan Bates theatre until April and now it will be granted a four-week run at Charing Cross Theatre beginning on the 17th May 2011. It is directed by Guy Retallack.
Retallack has a number of credits to his name and such shows have been seen in London and beyond. He was, of course, the director of “Thrill Me” when it appeared at the Tristan Bates Theatre and prior to that, earlier this year, he also directed “Drowning on Dry Land” by Alan Ayckbourne at the Jermyn Street Theatre. Other credits include “Mother of Him” at the Courtyard Theatre, London, “Liberty” at Shakespeare’s Globe, “The Plague” at the Lost Theatre and “Future Me” at the Only Connect Theatre. His skills also stretch to work as an acting coach and he is a renowned talent in the capital.
The crime that is at the centre of “Thrill Me” is the Leopold and Loeb case, two murderers who believed that they had committed the perfect crime in the 1920s. One was hooked on the philosophy of Nietzsche, in particular the idea of superman who is above the realms of good and evil, and the other was along for the ride. We learn of their story through flashbacks as Nathan Leopold attends a parole board hearing in 1958, many years after the original event and many years after Richard Loeb died in 1936. Through these flashbacks we witness how these two men came to know themselves as the thrill killers, despite their promising backgrounds studying law in Chicago.
The eponymous killers of the title are portrayed by George Maguire and Jye Frasca, the former known for appearing in west end shows like “Oliver” and the latter known for “Jersey Boys”.
“Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story” is running at the Charing Cross Theatre – formerly known to audiences as the New Players Theatre – from Tuesday 17th May to Saturday 11th June 2011
|Booking From:||Tuesday, 17th May 2011|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 11th June 2011|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 8pm|
|Running Time:||90 minutes no interval|
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