Lucy Bailey and Fiery Angel take on Frederick Knott's Dial M For Murder
- Lorna Irvine
- 17 June 2014
The murderous play made famous by Alfred Hitchcock stars Christopher Timothy and Kelly Hotten
Having toured the rest of Britain, Fiery Angel's production of Dial M For Murder finally reaches Glasgow. The classic play by Frederick Knott, adapted by Hitchcock into the iconic 1954 film, is now being directed by Lucy Bailey. Bailey has an established track record, having had London West End sell-outs with The Postman Always Rings Twice and Baby Doll, and she was nominated for an Evening Standard award for best director for Timon Of Athens at the Globe Theatre at the start of this year.
The tale of greed, blackmail and sexual jealousy focuses on an ageing tennis professional trying to have his wealthy wife killed when he discovers she is having an affair, but his plans backfire considerably. It's here the plot twists, not once but twice and an intriguing study of betrayal emerges. Sympathies for each main character shift throughout the play.
Star of stage and screen Christopher Timothy plays wily Inspector Hubbard, while Kelly Hotten takes the role of Sheila Wendice, the glamorous but troubled socialite, immortalised by Grace Kelly in the film. Through sparse, menacing lighting and an acerbic take on the characters, Bailey aims to reclaim the play’s cold, yet sensual, terror.
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Tue 24–Sat 28 Jun.