TV favourites Gwen Taylor, Daragh O’Malley, Niamh McGrady and Will Featherstone star in Emlyn Williams’s psychological thriller, Night Must Fall which sets out on a national tour next month.
Emlyn Williams wrote Night Must Fall in 1935 and played the lead role in the first stage production. The play was noted for its exploration of the killer’s complex psychological state, a step forward for its genre.
This co-production, from The Original Theatre Company and Salisbury Playhouse in association with Eastbourne Theatres, opens at Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, on August 19.
When charming, smooth-talking Dan arrives at old Mrs Bramson’s remote woodland home, he soon ingratiates his way into her life and that of her niece, Olivia.
But when a local woman goes missing and is later found murdered, Olivia begins to suspect her aunt’s new private assistant. She resolves to find out the truth.
Directed by Luke Sheppard, Gwen Taylor as Mrs Bramson, Daragh O’Malley as Inspector Belsize, Niamh McGrady as Olivia and Will Featherstone as Dan.
Gwen Taylor is best known for playing the title role in the ITV sitcom Barbara, as well as Anne Foster in Coronation Street, Peggy Armstrong in Heartbeat, Rita Simcock in A Bit of A Do and Amy in Duty Free.
Her film appearances include The Lady in the Van and Monty Python’s Life of Brian. Gwen is currently playing Daisy Worthen in Driving Miss Daisy at Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre.
Other theatre credits include UK tour of Calendar Girls, and the title role in the national tour of Shirley Valentine.
Daragh O’Malley is best known for his role as Patrick Harper in the long-running television series Sharpe. After a 12-year absence from the stage, O’Malley returned to the British stage in 2012, playing Father Jack in the Original Theatre Company’s production of Dancing at Lughnasa.
In 2014, he played Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Manchester’s Royal Exchange, for which he was nominated for an MTA Best Actor Award.
Niamh McGrady is best known for playing the regular characters Mary-Claire Carter in BBC’s Holby City and PC Danielle Ferrington in three series of The Fall (BBC).
Her theatre credits include Twelfth Night (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre, West End and Broadway).
Will Featherstone’s theatre credits include Dr. Scroggy’s War, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It and Anne Boleyn for Shakespeare’s Globe, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Comedy of Errors for Propeller, and The History Boys for Sheffield Crucible.
His screen credits include Channel 4’s Fresh Meat, Endeavour, Ashes to Ashes and Midsomer Murders as the forthcoming film, A United Kingdom, starring Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo.
Also in the cast are Alasdair Buchan, Anne Odeke, Mandi Symonds and Melissa Vaughan.
August 19 – September 3, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne September 6 – 24, Salisbury Playhouse September 28 – October 1, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry October 4 – 8, Festival Theatre, Malvern October 17 – 22, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich October 25 – 29, Exeter Northcott Theatre October 31 – November 5, Palace Theatre, Southend November 8 – 12, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham November 15 – 19,York Theatre Royal November 29 – December 3, Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford