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Tom Chambers and Sally Bretton lead the cast in the 2020 UK Tour of Dial M for Murder

Dial M For Murder 2020 Tour

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A BRAND new production of the classic thriller, Dial M for Murder, will tour the UK in 2020 opening at Richmond Theatre on Tuesday, January 14.

The genre-defining thriller – based on Frederick Knott’s stage and screen play, made world-famous by Hitchcock’s iconic 1954 film – will be directed by Anthony Banks.

Tom Chambers stars as the charismatic and manipulative Tony Wendice, a jaded ex-tennis pro who has given it all up for his wife Margot, played by Sally Bretton (until Saturday, April 11). When he discovers she has been unfaithful his mind turns to revenge and the pursuit of the ‘perfect crime’.

Christopher Harper performs in the dual roles of Captain Lesgate and Inspector Hubbard and Michael Salami plays Max Halliday, Margot’s American lover.

Tom Chambers’ many theatre credits include: Crazy For You (UK tour); Private Lives (UK tour); White Christmas (Dominion Theatre); Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre); White Christmas (Sunderland Empire); The Rover (Young Vic Studio); Journey’s End (Courtyard Theatre); Bloody Poetry (Brockley Jack Theatre); Pendragon (City Theatre Broadway NYMT and Sadler’s Wells); Damn Yankees (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre); and The Innocents (Derby Playhouse).

Chambers’ screen credits include: Fakers and Great in Britain: the Movie (film); Midsomer Murders, Emmerdale, Casualty, Father Brown, The Great Train Robbery, Waterloo Road and Holby City (TV). Radio includes: Mellow Magic every Saturday 10am – 1pm.

Sally Bretton’s theatre credits include: An Ideal Husband (Classic Spring Company); King Lear, The Front Line and In Extremis (Shakespeare’s Globe); A Conversation (Manchester Royal Exchange); All My Sons (Library Theatre, Manchester); Present Laughter (Theatre Royal Bath and UK tour) and Hay Fever (Oxford Stage Company). Bretton was nominated for Best Actress – Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards 2002 for her role in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at The Library Theatre, Manchester.

Bretton’s screen work includes: Outlaw, So Long Charlie Bright and Peaches (film); Not Going Out, Death in Paradise, The Office, Green Wing, Absolute Power, Casualty, Lewis, Hotel Babylon, Vincent, Blackbeard and Blue Murder (TV).

Christopher Harper’s many theatre credits include: Strangers on a Train (UK tour); Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s’ Globe); The Wind in the Willows, Man of the Moment and Private Fears in Public Places (Royal & Derngate); I Know How I Feel About Eve (Hampstead Downstairs); A Kid Like Jake (Old Vic New Voices); Persuasion, After Miss Julie and People at Sea (Salisbury Playhouse); Saturn Returns (Finborough Theatre); and Light Shining in Buckinghamshire and Lie of the Land (Arcola).

Harper’s television work includes: Holby City, Endeavour, Coronation Street, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Doctors, Upstairs Downstairs, The Bill, Heartbeat, The Roman Mysteries, Housewife 49, Life on Mars and Rosemary and Thyme. He also produced and voiced the award-winning charity animation The Mouse.

Michael Salami is a multi-award-winning actor. Born in America and raised in London, he discovered his passion for acting in 2007. He made his first on stage appearance at Oval Theatre in 2010 and has since performed at The Old Vic, Soho Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Southwark Playhouse and Theatre503.

Salami studied at Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York graduating in 2016 and since then he has appeared in Hollyoaks; Catastrophe; The Temple and Magic Hour. His leading role in Just A Couple has earned him a number of nominations and awards such as a Screen Nation Award for Best Actor. Just A Couple is now in full development with Channel 4.

Anthony Banks directs Frederick Knott’s Dial M For Murder, adding another Hitchcock classic to credits that recently include Gaslight and Strangers on a Train. His production of the hit thriller, Girl on a Train, continues to tour the UK.

The creative team is completed by David Woodhead, Designer; Lizzie Powell, Lighting Designer; Ben and Max Ringham, Sound Design; Betty Marini, Wigs Supervisor; Siobhan Boyd, Costume Supervisor; Robin Morgan as Props Supervisor and Alison de Burgh as Fight Director.

Following the Richmond dates (January 14-18), the tour continues to Norwich, Dartford, Guildford, Bath, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Salisbury, Bromley, Southend, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leicester, Sheffield, Liverpool, Mold, Brighton, Shrewsbury, Salford, Northampton, Plymouth, Leeds and Wolverhampton (July 13-18).