Friday, 10 January 2014

Strangers on a Train at the Gielgud Theater

Last night it was theater night and I met up with my friends in the West End. My flatmate Haris had picked the play and thumbs up to him. The play,"Strangers on a Train" at the Gielgud Theater, based on Patricia Highsmith's original 1950 novel (that was her first novel) was adapted by writer Craig Warner and director Robert Allan Ackerman. Interestingly enough, Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense, had directed the same name film in 1951.

Me and my cousin, Natasha

Back to last night's play, actors Laurence Fox and Jack Huston offered different takes on characters Guy and Charles to their film counterparts (for those who have seen Hitchcock's film. Personally, I have not but I heard all about it last night from my friends). 

Laurence Fox as Guy (left) and Jack Huston as Charles
The plot is as follows: Two strangers. One conversation. A perfect murder.
A seemingly innocent conversation soon turns into a nightmare for Guy Haines when he meets Charles Bruno on a train journey. Ahead lies a series of blackmail and psychological torment that threatens to cost Guy his career, his marriage and undoubtedly his sanity. And here is the choice he has: to kill or to be framed for a murder he didn't commit. 

The scene changes are accomplished with superb speed on a revolve. No composer is credited but it sounded remarkably like the work of Hitchcock collaborator Bernard Herrmann. There were also bursts of my all time favorite Frank Sinatra, most notably the song I've got you under my skin which concludes the play and fits like a glove. 

Venue details
Venue: Gielgud Theater
Address: Shaftesbury Avenue
Tel: 0844  482 5130
Booking until 22nd February 2014

I would definitely recommend this stage production for those who fancy black and white, atmospheric thrillers. Grab your friends or your partner and get ready for a magnificent journey of suspense that you won't want to miss!

Helen xx


  1. Great pics!!!!

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    1. It was really nice! You may check out the Hitchcock film if you like this kind of movies :)