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Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story - Greenwich Theatre and on tour

Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING a smash hit, critically acclaimed, award-winning Edinburgh Festival Fringe run, the musical Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story will tour the UK, opening with a two-week London season at Greenwich Theatre from Wednesday, April 8 to Saturday, April 18, 2015.

Winner of the first 2014 Broadway Baby “Bobby” award for outstanding productions at the Edinburgh Fringe, Thrill Me is based on the true story of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, the so-called “thrill killers” who murdered a young boy in 1924 in order to commit “the perfect crime.”

Told in flashbacks, beginning with a 1958 parole hearing, it examines the relationship between Leopold and Loeb – both wealthy, normal and intelligent Chicago students, about to start training to become lawyers.

One believed he was above the law – obsessed and fuelled by the philosophy of Nietzsche to the point he believed he was a ‘Superman’ beyond good and evil; the other – a loner – became a willing accomplice, empowering Loeb in his crimes. His reward – Richard’s time, attention and conditional love. Together, they both believed they had perpetrated the perfect crime, or was one more certain than the other?

Produced by Richard Williamson and Climar Productions in association with Greenwich Theatre, Thrill Me is directed by Guy Retallack, Artistic Director of the Bridgehouse Theatre, where he directed his own adaptation of A Christmas Carol, and Macbeth, for which he was nominated by the Offies for Best Director 2014. His other directing credits include The Last Session (Tristan Bates Theatre) and Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story (Tristan Bates & Charing Cross Theatres).

His other work includes the world premiere of Stephen Brown’s ground-breaking play Future Me (Theatre 503 and ACE tour 2007/09); Liberty (Shakespeare’s Globe and ACE tour 2008) and The Gambler (BBC R3 and R4), both by Glyn Maxwell; Tommy by Pete Townshend, which toured the UK for Bill Kenwright (BKL) in 2005 and was nominated for Best Musical by the MEN Awards; The Lifeblood by Glyn Maxwell, nominated for Best Ensemble by the Empty Space Awards 2005; and The Secret Rapture by David Hare at the Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue (BKL).

Thrill Me has book, music and lyrics by Stephen Dolginoff, an award-winning, New York based, writer/composer. He received Drama Desk Award nominations for Best Musical and Best Music; an Outer Critics’ Circle Award nomination for Best Off-Broadway musical; and won an ASCAP Music Award for Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story. Over 100 productions have followed around the world.

Thrill Me has musical direction by Tom Turner, design by James Turner and lighting by Richard Williamson. Casting has not yet been announced.

Following the Greenwich Theatre dates, Thrill Me will tour to The Lowry Salford (May 8 and 9); Old Rep, Birmingham (May 22 and 23); Eden Court, Inverness (June 5) and Square Chapel Halifax (June 6), with more dates to be announced soon.

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Also at Greenwich Theatre: Jo Clifford’s brand new adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde (February 11 to February 14, 2015).