The play is set to embark on a UK & Ireland tour from the 7th September 2023.

It has been announced that Original Theatre are teaming up with  Trafalgar Entertainment for the first time to produce the new Torben Betts play Murder in the Dark, which will open at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley on 7 September 2023.

The production is set to star Tom Chambers who is known for his roles as Sam Strachan in Holby City and Casualty, Max Tyler in Waterloo Road and Inspector Sullivan in Father Brown. He also won the sixth series of Strictly Come Dancing with his partner Camilla Dallerup.  In theatre, he most recently appeared in the West End in Elf the Musical.  He originated the role of Jerry Travers in Top Hat, which earned him an Olivier nomination.  He also starred in Original Theatre’s lockdown film of Torben Betts’s Apollo 13: The Dark Side of the Moon.

The production will be directed by Philip Franks with the creative team also including: designs by Adrian Linford, with lighting design by Olivier Award-winner Paul Pyant, original music and sound design by Max Pappenheim.

New Year’s Eve.  A car crash on a lonely road brings famous but troubled singer Danny Sierra and his extended family to an isolated holiday cottage in rural England.  From the moment they arrive, a sequence of inexplicable events begins to occur… and then the lights go out.

Torben Betts said, “I’m really thrilled to be working with Original Theatre again. This will be my fourth project with them, after their tours of InvincibleCaroline’s Kitchen and the online play Apollo 13: The Dark Side of the Moon. Their reputation continues to grow while their commitment to touring theatre around the country has not faded, despite the battering our industry has taken over the last few years. I am thrilled that I will be part of their next ghostly theatrical adventure.”

The production will visit:

12-16 September                    Guildford Yvonne Arnaud                                            


19-23 September                    York Theatre Royal                                                      


25-30 September                    Oxford Playhouse                                                        


2-7 October                            Salisbury Playhouse                                                                                      


10-14 October                        Gaiety Theatre, Dublin                                                 


16-21 October                        Northampton Royal & Derngate                                   


24 – 28 October                      Orchard Theatre, Dartford                                                                                      


31 October – 4 November      Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe                                 


7-11 November                       Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham                                   


The UK & Ireland Tour will be produced by Alastair Whatley and Tom Hackney for Original Theatre in association with Trafalgar Entertainment. Original Theatre’s recent productions include The Mirror Crack’dThe Time Machine, The End of the Night, The Hound of The Baskervilles, Birdsong and Originals,a new playwriting competition held over the summer at Riverside Studios. Their forthcoming work includes New York runs of their acclaimed productions of The Habit of Art and Being Mr Wickham at 59e59 and the world premiere of Stumped at Hampstead Theatre from June.


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