New Thriller season at Nottingham Theatre Royal


The third play in the Theatre Royal’s month-long murder mystery season, Father Brown – The Curse of the Invisible Man, features a fictional sleuth never seen before on a British stage

1 John Lyons in FATHER BROWN - The Curse of the Invisible Man - Rumpus 2015
John Lyons in FATHER BROWN – The Curse of the Invisible Man

 Theatre Royal Nottingham

Tuesday 26 July – Saturday 20 August

 Tabs Productions and the Theatre Royal Nottingham are delighted to announce the return of the Colin McIntyre Classic Thriller Season from 26 July to 20 August.  The season will feature a different murder mystery play each week over a four-week run.

Karen Henson, co-producer for Tabs Productions, said:We’re very excited about the range of plays this year. Our third play, Father Brown – The Curse of the Invisible Man, will be the first time G K Chesterton’s fictional Roman Catholic priest and amateur sleuth, Father Brown, has ever been seen on the British stage.  That’s hugely exciting for us. Our final play of the four, Mindgame, is a modern psychological thriller from renowned author and playwright Anthony Horowitz, who wrote Foyle’s War and Sherlock as well as the new BBC detective series New Blood. The season also features House Guest, which is a classic kidnap mystery from Francis Durbridge, and Arsenic and Old Lace which is one of my favourite black and white Cary Grant movies.  We really can’t wait to get going!’

The role of Father Brown will be played by John Lyons, an actor most recognised for his work on TV including A Touch of Frost with David Jason, in which he played Frost’s sidekick, Detective Sergeant George Toolan.

 The four plays featured in the Colin McIntyre Classic Thrilller Season 2016 are:

Tuesday 26 – Saturday 30 July

Arsenic and Old Lace

By Joseph Kesselring

In a quaint Brooklyn house, two sisters have been perfecting their elderberry wine. Little do their gentleman callers suspect that they will soon be heading off to more exotic climes courtesy of the sisters’ crazy nephew.

Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 August

House Guest

By Francis Durbridge

When film star Robert Drury’s young son is kidnapped, he and his wife Stella are visited by a stranger. Instead of a demand for ransom, the unknown man insists on remaining with them in their house for 48 hours.

Tuesday 9 – Saturday 13 August

Father Brown – The Curse of the Invisible Man

By John Goodrum, based on the mysteries of G K Chesterton

Set in 1906, multiple murders have been committed, but the culprit leaves no trace. Can he, or she, be truly invisible?

Tuesday 16 – Saturday 20 August


By Anthony Horowitz

When Mark Styler, a writer of glossy true crime paperbacks, tries to get an interview with Easterman, a notorious serial killer, he has no idea what he’s walking into.


Tue – Fri 7.30pm, Wed 2pm, Sat 3pm & 6pm

Tickets £23 – £11

See all four plays in the Stalls or Upper Circle for £60 (evenings) or £48 (matinees)

Members, Concessions & Group discounts available

Box Office: 0115 989 5555

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