A delightfully creepy crime drama: an exercise in slowly accumulating terror based on a true story from 1886
Based on a famous real-life murder which took place at the end of the 19th century, this play has become one of the most successful and most frequently performed in the modern repertoire. An eerie atmosphere of mystery is evoked in a dark, lonely house on the marshes of the Thames estuary in the 1880s. The characters, presented with great psychological realism, and the strong vein of earthy comedy invest the play with a liveliness unusual for such a genuinely horrifying murder play.
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