Two small-time crooks have both been told to be in a certain basement flat in Notting Hill Gate, one Friday evening in September 1966, with the promise of a lucrative job.
But who invited them? Where is their beloved Lisa? And who is this other fellow, carrying an old rug and calling all the shots? These are just some of the questions which spark the plot of the edge-of-the-seat thriller, Wait Until Dark, which opened at The New Theatre tonight [Tuesday November 14].
The victim of their elaborate scam is Susy, a blind woman (played by visually impaired actor Karina Jones). But when their plans start to unravel, can she use darkness to her advantage and turn the tables on the villains?
This is an intriguing and suspenseful exploration of sight and sound: photography plays an important role, and the positioning and detail of everything in the flat take on added significance when the lights go out…
Pay attention to the fridge too – never has the method of defrosting been more important.
Written by Frederick Knott, best known for the Hitchcock classic Dial M For Murder, Wait Until Dark was also a successful film – earning Audrey Hepburn an Academy Award nomination.
This gripping stage version also stars Jack Ellis (Prime Suspect, Bad Girls), Oliver Mellor (Coronation Street), Tim Treloar (Maleficent), Graeme Brookes (Faintheart), Shannon Rewcroft (Gorka), and Tom McCarron (Black Hill).
Wait Until Dark runs at Cardiff’s New Theatre until Saturday 18 November. Tickets are available on 029 2087 8889 and newtheatrecardiff.co.uk.
Review by Andrew Weltch