A creepy and compelling season opener starring LRP favourites Al Wadlan and Neil James.

John Terry, writer of popular plays is obsessed by the idea that his career has been damaged by Arthur an elitist drama critic. He arranges a meeting; now it’s payback time…

Photo of the actor David Shelley

Death Trap holds the record for the longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway and was nominated for four Tony awards, including Best Play. It was adapted into a 1982 film starring Christopher Reeve, Michael Caine and Dyan Cannon. Sidney Bruhl, a previously successful playwright, has had a series of box office flops and is having trouble writing. He receives a play from a student of his, Clifford, and tells his wife the play is a certain hit and that he may have to kill Clifford to claim it as his own.

A terrifying thriller from the author of Rosemary’s Baby.

‘More twists than a bucket of snakes’ – Daily Telegraph.

Noel Coward at his inimitable best: debonair, witty, sophisticated and much in the same vein as Private Lives which broke LRP’s box office records last year. Julia and Jane are best friends and both have been married five years. But before their marriages, both had affairs with Maurice, a charming Frenchman. Now Maurice is visiting London and has asked to see them…

It all adds up to another delicious champagne cocktail of wit and charm from the ‘Master’

Extra matinee: Saturday 15th Aug 3pm  

Photo of the actor Joseph Prestwich

A classic ‘Time’ play from the author of An Inspector Calls and Dangerous Corner which was the most successful show in LRP’s 2018 season. A mysterious doctor arrives at a North Yorkshire pub to help prevent a tragedy but isn’t sure who he is looking for and which year precisely the events will unfold. However he knows that what has already happened will happen again….

Priestley fulfils the ancient definition of the artist as a maker of magic- The Guardian

Photo of the actor Musa Trevathan

Our third Durbridge thriller in three years- the creator of Paul Temple really is Bournemouth’s favourite thriller writer!

What links a koala bear, a devious chef, and an emerald necklace? Carl Houston, Sussex hotelier, gets caught up out of his depth in this ingenious instalment of international intrigue which bears all the classic Durbridge hallmarks of suspense, mystery and murder.|

Extra matinee: Saturday 29th Aug 3pm  

Past season



On stage

Brian is financially dependent on his wife  and in love with another woman. An acquaintance convinces him he would be better off if his wife were to die, and suggests the ‘perfect murder’. A fantastic curtain-raiser to this year’s season.


Guest star : Hi De Hi’s Nikki Kelly as Miss Mockridge

The master of the ‘Time’ play  weaves a tangle of secrets and lies and  suggests the truth is a luxury some of us can ill afford.

Cast 4000 Days
The creator of   Paul Temple    also wrote nine plays for theatre. Victim and the victimised become intertwined in this startling drama which originally starred Gerald Harper.
Photo of the actress Victoria Porter

A tense psychological study of guilt and obsession by the author of The Business of Murder,which graced the West End with Jenny Seagrove and Hayley Mills.


Dead Guilty actors

The incredible thriller made famous by Hitchcock!

The murder game actors

The hysterical Broadway smash comedy!

Francis Durbridge’s Suddenly At Home actors

The skilfully crafted psychological thriller!


On stage

This is a gripping psychological thriller from the pen of that doyen of great detective / thriller writers Richard Harris (A Touch of Frost, The Avengers, The Sweeney and The Last Detective). It enjoyed a successful 9 year run in the West End. ‘Welcome to a thriller that achieves it all’- Sunday Times. 

On stage

Jack has just been acquitted of manslaughter, and regales his girlfriend Maggie and their neighbours with an account of the trial. A clear case of self-defence. Or was it? The shocks keep coming in this classic thriller written by Coronation Street scriptwriter Peter Whalley.

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