Madness, mystery and murder … THE COLIN McINTYRE CLASSIC THRILLER SEASON is back at Theatre Royal Nottingham this August

Tabs Productions and the Theatre Royal, Nottingham, are delighted to announce the welcome return of The Colin McIntyre Classic Thriller Season 2024 this August.

Now in its 37th season, the Theatre Royal’s much-loved repertory season of psychological thrillers, detective mysteries and classic whodunnits opens on Tuesday 6 August and runs until Saturday 31 August.

Karen Henson, who co-produces the season for Tabs Productions, said: 

“We’re delighted to be back at the beautiful Theatre Royal this summer. Travel back in time to the 1930’s with Doctor Who’s Nicholas Briggs, returning as the bumbling Inspector Pratt in Murdered to Death, and London’s swinging 70’s for Fatal Encounter. Writer Ira Levin, author of Rosemary’s Baby and Deathtrap, wings us over the pond for Veronica’s Room. Finally, we land back in London in 1914 for The Mysterious Mr Love. Who needs a holiday when you can time travel with us?”

Tue 6 – Sat 10 August

Murdered To Death

by Peter Gordon 

By arrangement with Josef Weinberg Ltd

An hilarious spoof in the best Agatha Christie tradition, with an assembled cast of characters guaranteed to delight: Bunting the butler, an English Colonel with the prerequisite stiff upper lip, a shady French art dealer, the high-class debutante, bumbling local inspectors and a well-meaning local sleuth who seems to attract murder – they’re all here, and all caught up in the side-splitting antics which follow the mysterious death of the owner of a country manor house.

Will the murderer be unmasked before everyone else has met their doom, or will audiences die laughing first?

Tue 13 – Sat 17 August

Fatal Encounter

by Francis Durbridge

Howard, a well-known book publisher, is concerned for his wife, Joanna. Since returning from the country, she has become unusually distressed, nervous and mysterious. When Howard arrives home to find Perry, a former friend, has been shot by Joanna in a struggle, the story takes a sinister turn. It soon becomes clear that no one can be entirely trusted.

Tue 20 – Sat 24 August

Veronica’s Room

by Ira Levin

This totally absorbing spider’s web, entwining fantasy and reality, is by master thriller-writer Ira Levin, author of Rosemary’s Babyand Death Trap.

Susan, a young Boston college student, is persuaded by the McKays, housekeepers of the Brabisant mansion, to impersonate the dead Veronica, to solace their employer living in the past and believing Veronica to be alive and angry with her. Once dressed in Veronica’s clothes, events take a surprising turn of events.

“Like being trapped in someone else’s nightmare…jarring and (with a) surprising climax…a neat, elegant thriller.”  Village Voice

Tue 27 – Sat 31 August

The Mysterious Mr Love

By Karoline Leach

He’s a dapper man; an aging roue, a self-described con man with a heart of gold.

And the greatest con in the world, he says, is love. She is self-effacing; strictly steerage type that no one notices. All she’s good for, she says, is making hats and eating biscuits.

This Edwardian psychological thriller offers an edge of romance, plenty of conniving, a dose of comedy and sharp suspense. As tense and as twisty as an Argentine tango.

Season sponsored by Smooth Radio.


The Colin McIntyre Classic Thriller Season 2024

Theatre Royal Nottingham

Murdered to Death: Tuesday 6 to Saturday 10 August

Fatal Encounter: Tuesday 13 to Saturday 17 August

Veronica’s Room: Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 August

The Mysterious Mr Love: Tuesday 27 to Saturday 31 August

Tue-Fri 7.30pm, Wed matinee 2pm, Sat 3pm & 6pm

Tickets £17 to £32.50 plus discounts for multibuy packages, Members*, Under 26s, and Groups Box Office 0115 989 5555

Age Guidance 12+

*Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall Nottingham Membership scheme offers benefits including ticket discounts and exclusive pre-sales.  For more information, please visit

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