Strangers on a Train at the Gielgud Theatre starring Laurence Fox

Gielgud Theatre, London
Booking to 1 February 2014
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Laurence Fox stars in gripping thriller Strangers on a Train at the Gielgud Theatre.

A new stage adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s acclaimed novel Stranger’s on a Train rides into the West End’s Gielgud Theatre this winter starring Laurence Fox and Miranda Raison.

Directed by Robert Allan Ackerman, Strangers on a Train is adapted by Craig Warner and stars Laurence Fox, Jack Huston, Christian McKay, Miranda Raison, Imogen Stubbs and MyAnna Buring.

This gripping thriller, which was also made into a classic movie by Alfred Hitchcock, sees an innocent conversation on a train turn into a dangerous reality for Guy Haines (Laurence Fox) when he meets Charles Bruno (Jack Huston).

A deadly tale of blackmail and psychological torment, Haines is left with the choice of killing or being framed for a murder he didn’t commit.

Strangers on a Train was turned into a hit 1951 movie by Alfred Hitchcock starring Farley Granger and Robert Walker.

Director Robert Allan Ackerman returns to the West End stage following a run of hit productions on Broadway including Taken in Marriage with Meryl Streep and Extremities with Susan Sarandon. In the West End his credits include When She Danced with Vanessa Redgrave and Burn This with John Malkovich.

Theatre: Gielgud Theatre

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Booking to 1 February 2014

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Gielgud Theatre, 35-37 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR
Nearest Tube or Train: Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 14, 19, 38

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Review of Strangers on a Train starring Laurence Fox at the Gielgud Theatre [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Imogen Stubbs as Elsie in Strangers on a Train. Photo: Brinkhoff/Moegenburg[/caption] A theatrical stage noir has opened at the Gielgud Theatre in London as one of Patricia Highsmith's best known psychological novels, Strangers on a Train, immortalised on film by Hitchcock, gets a new stage production by Craig Warner, directed by Robert Allan Ackerman. An accomplished cast bring this nail-biting tale of an ordinary man entrapped into a web of lies, deceit and murder to life, but it's the design by Tim Goodchild, costumes by Dona Granata, lighting by Tim Lutkin, projections by Peter Wilms and sound by Avgoustas Psillas that prove to be the winning elements in this moody, atmospheric, monochrome production. The projections especially, laid over and behind the constantly revolving set, add an extraordinarily atmospheric dimension to the play, blurring the lines between film noir and theatre, particularly the scenes set on the train. The sound, whilst effective in using music to conjure Hitchcock and evoke the era, often seems out of balance with dialogue from the actors, it's volume and power leaving them rather flat. Perhaps if you are going to harness film noir techniques for theatre, then it might be time to face reality and mic the actors, in a production that is in danger of letting the design overpower the performances. This is especially true of Laurence Fox in the lead role of Guy Haines, an architect who is embroiled in a one-sided pact with rich, drunk and obsessive fellow train passenger Charles Bruno, played by Jack Huston. Fox, and to some extent Bruno, are almost playing it to camera, with a quiet subtely that doesn't really get much further than the footlights. The performances only really get cranking, and match the quality of the rest of the production, when Imogen Stubbs gives us her throaty, sexy turn as Charles' mother, a role she is clearly relishing (and reminding us that, whilst Stubbs works constantly, she has been overlooked and has the ability to become something altogether much more significant within British theatre); and when Christian McKay as dogged private detective Gerard and MyAnna Buring as Anna light up the stage. There is much lighting up in this production, some ingenious and proving to be a true coup de theatre, but there needs to be more light coming from the performances. Paul Raven   LINKS Book tickets to Strangers on a Train starring Laurence Fox at the Gielgud Theatre  

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