Hurstpierpoint Players Production Of Rope
Hurstpierpoint Players are presenting the chilling and gripping thriller “ROPE” by one-time Hassocks resident Patrick Hamilton from April 30th until May 4th.
The average murder mystery compels the audience to piece together the clues, then leaves a sense of emptiness the moment the mystery is solved. The answer is as meaningless as a completed sudoku puzzle. But ROPE is a ‘whodunnit’ in reverse because Hamilton’s play reveals the murderers from the start. Two well-bred young men murder a fellow Oxford student just for the fun of it. Audaciously, they have invited friends and relatives of the victim to a party around the living room chest containing his corpse.
Will this daring pair get away with their cat and mouse games?
Inspired by the real-life criminals Leopold and Loeb, who in 1924 attempted to commit the perfect murder, ROPE gives us the real pleasure of rediscovering a play with more substance than you might expect.
Alfred Hitchcock’s 1948 film made several changes to the play for an American cinema audience, but the original stage play remains one of the most tightly coiled of thrillers.
Doors are open from 7.30pm – curtain up is at 8.00pm.
Tickets are available from £11 from the Hurst Players Box Office at the Theatre, 147 High Street, Hurstpierpoint on Saturday mornings from 10am until 1pm or online from www.hurstplayers.org.uk