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Classic Hitchcock thriller

All Creatures Great and Small star Christopher Timothy takes to the Mercury Theatre stage in Lucy Bailey’s acclaimed production of Dial M for Murder.

Dial_M_ImageA co-production between the Mercury Theatre and Fiery Angel, this mesmeric thriller will mark the start of the 2014 Made in Colchester season.

Opening at the Mercury in Colchester on Thursday, February 6th and running until Saturday, February 15th, the show will then embark on a UK tour until June 28th.

Made famous by Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film version, Dial M for Murder tells the story of the cold and calculating Tony Wendice who is convinced his wife is having an affair. He sets out to plan and execute the perfect murder…until it falters in the most unexpected way. Claustrophobic and frightening, Lucy Bailey’s exciting production reclaims this brilliant and erotic tale of betrayal, passion and ultimately, murder.
Known best for his TV roles as James Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small and as Mac McGuire in the long-running BBC daytime show Doctors, actor, television director and writer, Christopher Timothy plays the role of Inspector Hubbard.

When asked what prompted him to take the role, Christopher said, “It’s a great story. Like the majority of people I had seen the movie but this was my first time reading the play. It sounded a lot of fun and very faithful to film.

It’s not the first time Colchester has seen Christopher in a thriller at the Mercury, “I have worked at the Mercury Theatre a few times. I was here in 1999 in the physiological thriller Mindgame so I’m looking forward to returning to Colchester.”

Stepping into the shoes of Grace Kelly in Hitchcock’s film, Kelly Hotton plays the role of Sheila Wendice. Starring alongside Christopher and Kelly will be Daniel Betts as Tony Wendice, Philip Cairns as Max Halliday, and Robert Perkins as Captain Lesgate.

Dial M for Murder was the first, and probably most successful of stage plays written by Fredrick Knott. He also wrote the screenplay for the 1954 Hitchcock film which starred Ray Milland, Grace Kelly and John Williams.
Director Lucy Bailey has worked for many of the country’s leading theatre and opera companies, including the Royal National Theatre, Glyndebourne Opera and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. One of her most recent directing credits includes the critically acclaimed production of The Winter’s Tale for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

• To book tickets visit www.mercurytheatre.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01206 573948.

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