It was a smash hit in Edinburgh now the murderous musical Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story will tour the UK, opening with a two-week London season at Greenwich Theatre from April 8.
Winner of the first 2014 Broadway Baby “Bobby” award for outstanding productions at the Edinburgh Fringe, Stephen Dolginoff’s Thrill Me is based on the true story of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, the so-called ‘thrill killers’ who murdered a young boy in 1924 in order to commit the perfect crime.
Told in flashbacks, beginning with a 1958 parole hearing, it examines the relationship between Leopold and Loeb – both wealthy, normal and intelligent Chicago students, about to start training to become lawyers.
Director Guy Retallack takes the audience on a journey of two young men. One believed he was above the law – obsessed and fuelled by the philosophy of Nietzsche to the point he believed he was a ‘Superman’ beyond good and evil.
The other became a willing accomplice, empowering Loeb in his crimes. His reward – Richard’s time, attention and conditional love.
Together, they both believed they had perpetrated the perfect crime, or was one more certain than the other?
Thrill Me has been captivating UK audiences since Climar Productions’ 2011 premiere and has a string of awards and nominations to its name, including a Whatsonstage.com Best Off-West End Production and 7 Off West End Awards (Offies) nods.
Cast to be announced.
April 8-18, Greenwich Theatre, London May 8-9, The Lowry Salford May 22-23, Old Rep, Birmingham June 5, Eden Court, Inverness June 6, Square Chapel Halifax.
More dates to be announced soon. Watch a trailer from the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe production: