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Wait Until Dark to light up the West End once more



Preview by Jack Foley

FREDERICK Knott's critically-acclaimed thriller, Wait Until Dark, makes its long-anticipated return to the West End on October 15, when it will open at the Garrick Theatre, starring Peak Practice stars Saskia Wickham and Gary Mavers.

The play begins with Sam Henderson's innocent offer to deliver a doll to a sick child, which sparks off a frightening series of events.

Three conmen, led by the mysterious Roat (Peter Bowles) will stop at nothing to get the doll's secret cargo, but they aren't prepared for the ingenuity of Sam's blind wife, Susy (Saskia Wickham), who is home alone in her flat when the conmen come to call.

Knott's thriller was first seen on Broadway in 1966, when it originally starred Lee Remick and Robert Duvall, while Marisa Tomei and Quentin Tarantino appeared in the 1998 revival.

In 1968, the story was even made into a film, starring Audrey Hepburn, who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance as Susy.

Knott also wrote Dial M for Murder, which was famously made into a film by Sir Alfred Hitchcock.

The Garrick's shows will mark the first West End revival of the play since its 1966 London premiere, with Honor Blackman.

Contrary to original plans, however, the production will not mark the West End return of TV actress Samantha Janus.

Wait Until Dark is directed by Joe Harmston and designed by Paul Farnsworth, with lighting by Nick Richings.

The cast also includes Robert Fitch (as Sam), Tony Scannell, Bettrys Jones, Bill French and Justine Deaville.

Prior to its West End run, there wll be several regional dates, including a stint at the Theatre Royal, Windsor, from September 16 to 27.

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