Broadway hit to ensnare town

The twists and turns of a play within a play in Deathtrap, by Sleaford Little Theatre. EMN-140509-154025001
The twists and turns of a play within a play in Deathtrap, by Sleaford Little Theatre. EMN-140509-154025001

Broadway’s longest running comedy-thriller, Deathtrap, is the choice of play for Sleaford Little Theatre’s autumn production.

Written by Ira Levin, the piece ran for four years with almost 1,800 performances.

It sees the American novelist and playwright take the basic components of horror stories and thrillers - murder, deceit, innocent dialogue with hidden sinister meanings, plot reversals, unexpected turns of events - before twisting and rearranging them.

Events follow Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, who is struggling to overcome a dry spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds.

A possible change in his fortunes comes when he receives a script from a student at a nearby college — a thriller which Sidney recognises as a potential hit.

Sidney’s plan, which he devises with his wife, is to offer collaboration to the student. Suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness, thrills and laughter, keeping audiences enthralled until the final, startling moments.

The show runs from September 17-20 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £8 for gallery, £9 for stalls, with a £1 discount for concessions, and are available from Chattertons Solicitors, 5 Market Street, Sleaford, 0333 666 3366 or online at www.sleafordplayhouse.co.uk.