In 1966 Frederick Knott set about the fantastic production of Wait Until Dark on Broadway, since then it has been penned multiple times throughout the years and in 1967, even had a film produced.
Although he did not write any more plays after Wait Until Dark, this masterpiece is still enjoyed by many.
The show is based in small apartment of which a married couple own who are named the Hendersons. Sam is a photographer and ex-army militant from the war. Whilst on his travels he met a woman named Lucy at an airport who gave Sam a childs doll with presence of it being for a young child in hospital, little did he know the doll actually contained heroin.
Unfortunately a man named only as Roat had come up with a plan to steal the doll from Lucy and ended up murdering her. Using a couple of Lucy’s “friends” he revised his plan to steal the doll from the Hendersons
using Sams wife, Susy, as bait. Susy Henderson unfortunately is blind so is very easily led by them and is of no help in finding the doll… and considering her neighbours child Gloria had stolen the doll anyway, it became more and more apparent to Susy that something was amiss.
As with all thrillers, there’s many twists that can catch you out or make you think “I never thought of that!” Specifically the ending scene when Susy takes out all the fuses in the fusebox to cut all lights and Roat uses the fridge as a light source. Another part I thought was clever was Gloria using the
phones ringer to send signals to Susy.
Tabs Production did a fantastic job in recreating the production, setting it in England rather than its original New York. The stage was brilliantly made into a 60’s style apartment, which captured the essence of the original perfectly, i was also very impressed in the way the stage lighting mirrored
what would be similar to the times then. Even the small details of the times where people would hide money in strange places, like the freezer, and hiding keys in multiple places round the house.
If you can get the chance to see Wait Until Dark I highly recommend it, the actors are absolutely fantastic in their roles, especially Anna Mitchum, who was very convincing playing the blind Susy Henderson. From the first scene I was hooked into the story and was trying to work out how the story would play out in my mind. With this being part of a thriller season at the Theatre Royal, I’m sure the other productions will be just as good as this one!
Book tickets and more information here – https://trch.co.uk/whats-on/wait-until-dark/