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Lichfield Players prepare for performance of psychological thriller Rebecca

Director Carol Lawford in rehearsal for Rebecca with Bill Killick

Director Carol Lawford in rehearsal for Rebecca with Bill Killick

Fans of psychological thrillers will be in for a treat when the Lichfield Players open their new season with an adaptation of one of Daphne du Maurier’s best loved works.

Rebecca runs at the Lichfield Garrick theatre from tomorrow (September 15), 70 years after the release of Hitchcock’s iconic screenplay of the novel which starred Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine.

Director Carol Lawford said:

“Following the success of last September’s Agatha Christie which played to full houses, the Players wanted to give Lichfield audiences a big name play that would be equally gripping for this season’s debut. Not only is Rebecca a tantalising mystery, but the play also explores the complex love affair between the two main characters, one which is enigmatically tainted by events from the past.

“And in addition to an absorbing plotline, audiences will be treated to live music during each performance.  The production’s male lead Bill Killick will perform Ain’t Misbehavin’ by Fats Waller from the 1929 Broadway musical of the same name, amongst other musical excerpts, as a means of adding realism and depth to the character of Maxim de Winter.  Bill will be playing on a Steinway grand piano owned by the Garrick’s artistic and executive director, Adrian Jackson.  Together with 1930s dress and a carefully stylised set, we hope to draw theatre-goers back into the haunted Manderley du Maurier created for an evening they won’t forget.”

Rebecca tells the story of a new young bride who arrives at her husband’s estate to find a household oppressively haunted by the past.  Feeling increasingly inadequate and incapable, the new Mrs de Winter is driven to desperate measures, but little does she realise the true reason behind the precarious nature of her  marriage until a terrible discovery forces Maxim to tell all.

The Lichfield Players’ production runs at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre from September 15 to 18. Ticket price is £10 (concessions £9 and £6).  To book contact the box office on 01543 412121 or visit www.lichfieldgarrick.com.

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