TV soap star James Sutton makes theatre debut with Rope at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

Hollyoaks and Emmerdale actor, James Sutton, is to star in Patrick Hamilton’s gripping thriller, Rope which opens at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch next month.

Sutton, who is best-known for playing John Paul McQueen in Hollyoaks and Ryan Lamb in Emmerdale, will play Charles Granillo in this chilling play.

He will be joined by Janet Amsden, Cara Chase, Sam Jenkins-Shaw, George Kemp, Fred Lancaster, Nico Pimparé and Phoebe Sparrow.

Two well-bred young men murder a fellow Oxford student just for the fun of it.

Placing the corpse in a wooden box, they invite a group of friends over to their Mayfair apartment – including the loving mother of the boy they’ve just killed.

Supper is served on the chest holding the gruesome contents. But one of their guests is starting to become suspicious… Will this daring pair get away with their cat and mouse games?

Based on a 1920s real-life case, this dark classic was filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1948 and remains to this day one of the most tightly coiled of thrillers.

The co-production, with New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, will be directed by the Queen’s Theatre’s artistic director Douglas Rintoul, who directed James Sutton in As You Like It at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

Rope runs in Hornchurch from February 15 – March 3 before moving to New Wolsey Theatre from March 7 – 17.

**The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is extending its run of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert by a week.

This glamorously feel-good musical, by Stephan Elliot and Allan Scott, will now play at the Queen’s Theatre from April 27 – May 26.

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