Theatre – The Colin McIntyre Classic Thrillers Season 2018 returns to Theatre Royal Nottingham this summer

The Colin McIntyre Classic Thrillers Season returns once again to the Theatre Royal Nottingham in August with four mysteries explored over four weeks, each with the same burning question – whodunit?  On sale now at or via the box office on 0115 989 5555.

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Karen Henson from Tabs Productions, co-producer for the season, said:

“We are so pleased to be back at the Theatre Royal this year.  We bring you: A brand new Pratt play with pratfalls galore in Peter Gordon’s Sleighed to Death, a plethora of shoulder pads from Francis Durbridge’s  A Touch of Danger, swash buckles aplenty with The Scarlet Pimpernel from the pen of Louise Page and a profusion of piquant passions from John Goodrum’s The Nightmare Room.

I am especially excited about our new adaptation of The Scarlet Pimpernel from local writer Louise Page. Baroness Orczy’s play of The Scarlet Pimpernel was first produced at the Theatre Royal Nottingham in 1903 before being published as a novel. She is often said to have influenced, arguably created, the ‘masked hero’ genre, so let’s hope our Pimpernel, Andrew Ryan, remembers to pack a cunning disguise!”


The four plays featured in the Colin McIntyre Classic Thrillers Season 2018 are:


Sleighed to Death by Peter Gordon

Tuesday 31 July – Saturday 4 August

It is Christmas Eve and Police Sergeant Pratt, together with his unfortunate assistant, Constable Mary Potter, is on a fund-raising mission with his magic show. When they perform at a fine old country house, they suddenly find themselves at the centre of a family get-together, which is rapidly turning nasty! Determined to make a name for himself, Pratt enthusiastically sets about solving an attempted murder, with the usual calamitous results! This prequel to the hugely entertaining trilogy of ‘Inspector Pratt’ whodunit plays, introduces Pratt on his very first murder case.


A Touch of Danger by Francis Durbridge

Tuesday 7 – Saturday 11 August

When Max Telligan, a popular novelist, returns to his London apartment from a business trip to Munich, he finds his evening newspaper contains a report of his violent death. As the evening ensues, Max is greeted by a parade of mysterious visitors as it becomes increasingly clear that he has, it seems, unwittingly become embroiled in the activities of an international terrorist group! This Classic Durbridge thriller will keep you guessing until the final scene.


The Scarlet Pimpernel by Louise Page adapted from Baroness Orczy

Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 August

Against the background of the French Revolution and Madame la Guillotine, the ‘cleverest woman in Europe’ Marguerite St. Just is torn between three men, her husband, her brother and the power hungry, aristocrat hating Chauvelin. As the elusive Scarlet Pimpernel swash buckles his way through Paris, will he be in time to save the life of yet another innocent victim? Or will Marguerite’s past come back to haunt her and snatch her from her new life as the wife of the floppish Sir Percy Blakeney to the Guillotine?


The Nightmare Room by Arthur Conan Doyle adapted by John Goodrum

Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 August

This wicked contemporary thriller, based on the classic mystery chiller by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, tells the terrifying tale of friendship, infidelity, jealousy and revenge. Two Women. One Locked Room. One bottle of poison. This gripping and sinister drama twists and turns and will keep you on the edge-of-your-seat right until the very end.



Theatre Royal Nottingham

Tuesday 31 July – Saturday 25 August 2018

Tue 31 July – Sat 4 Aug: SLEIGHED TO DEATH by Peter Gordon

Tue 7 – Sat 11 Aug: A TOUCH OF DANGER by Francis Durbridge

Tue 14 – Sat 18 Aug: THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL by Louise Page adapted from Baroness Orczy

Tue 21 – Sat 25 Aug: THE NIGHTMARE ROOM by Arthur Conan Doyle adapted by John Goodrum

Tue – Fri evenings 7.30pm, Wed matinee 2pm, Sat 2.30pm & 6pm

£12 – £25 plus discounts for Royal Members*, Under 16s, Go Card** holders, and Groups.  See all four plays for £68 (evenings) or £56 (matinees)  0115 989 5555

*Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall Nottingham Royal Membership scheme offering ticket discounts, exclusive pre-sales, meet the cast nights and

**Go Card free scheme for full time students and under 26s offering ticket discounts for Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall Nottingham events

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