CHRISTIE IN LOVE
by howard brenton
The KING'S HEAD THEATRE 25 May - 18th june 2016
‘As I gazed down at the still form of my first victim, I experienced a strange, peaceful thrill’
--- John Christie, Serial Killer
Before Myra Hindley, the Yorkshire ripper, Fred and Rosemary West, there was John Christie.
During a decade of horror Christie murdered eight women, and hid their bodies around a Notting Hill boarding-house, 10 Rillington Place. By day he was a prissy-looking post office clerk: by night a modern Bluebeard.
Howard Brenton’s 1969 award-winning and shockingly funny play uncovers the crime which changed British society and triggered the abolition of capital punishment.
A bungled and corrupt police investigation. An innocent man hanged. A serial killer in plimsolls on the loose.
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★★★★ ‘Razor sharp… A tiny masterpiece.... Meticulous production of an unsettling play delivered with an authoritative style... It is Mary Franklin's deliberate innately theatrical direction that makes Brenton's play truly disturbing ’ The Stage
‘Frightening, bold and adventurous... Three of the finest performances you could wish for on a stage' Once A Week Theatre
‘Extraordinarily good... Mary Franklin's careful pacing of the action and the framing of the actors creates a fine, unsettling drama’ British Theatre Guide
★★★★ ‘Remarkably funny … You don’t get laughs much darker than this’ London City Nights
★★★★ ‘Unmissable theatre.’ Theatre Bubble
★★★★ ‘Extremely unnerving.' LondonTheatre1
★★★★ ‘Fantastically vile… faultless performances… an unforgettable play about the most pitiful of British monsters.’ Stage Review
★★★★ ‘A stunning début… Sharp and persuasive’ London Pub Theatres
★★★★ ‘An incredibly intelligent thing of grotesque beauty.’ Grumpy Gay Critic
★★★★ ‘Intelligent and hard-hitting production of Brenton’s darkly funny play… theatrical and thought-provoking.’ West End Wilma
★★★★ ‘Perfectly cast' RemoteGoat