Night Must Fall | Original Theatre | Tour Dates

Night Must Fall


Genre: Play

Booking period: 19 Aug – 19 Nov 2016

By Emlyn Williams

The Original Theatre Company and Salisbury Playhouse in association with Eastbourne Theatres.



Directed by Olivier award winning director – Luke Sheppard
Starring Gwen Taylor as Mrs Bramson

When charming, smooth-talking Dan arrives at old Mrs Bramson’s remote woodland home, he soon ingratiates his way into her life and that of her niece, Olivia.  But when a local woman goes missing and is later found murdered, Olivia begins to suspect her aunt’s new private assistant.  She resolves to find out the truth.


Emlyn Williams wrote NIGHT MUST FALL in 1935 and played the lead role in the first stage production.  The play was noted for its exploration of the killer’s complex psychological state, a step forward for its genre.  Robert Montgomery starred in the film version in 1937 and Albert Finney in the 1964 re-make.


Age guidance 12+


“It’s a privilege to direct this extraordinary play just over eighty years since the first performance.  It’s a gripping murder mystery with delightfully dark characters.  I’m looking forward to audiences around the country discovering all the chills and thrills this rarely produced classic holds in store.” Luke Sheppard – Olivier Award winning director.

“We are delighted to be working with Salisbury Playhouse and Eastbourne Theatres to present this major revival of Emlyn Williams’s wickedly good thriller, NIGHT MUST FALL.  We could not be more pleased to be welcoming a first class creative team led by director Luke Sheppard, furthering our ambition to produce the highest quality regional theatre and sharing it with our venue partners and audiences across the United Kingdom.”  Alastair Whatley, Artistic Director of The Original Theatre Company.
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Mrs Bransom – Gwen Taylor (Calendar Girls, Shirley Valentine, Top Girls)
Inspector Belsize – Daragh O’Malley ( Dancing at Lughnasa, Cat on a hot Tin Roof)
Hubert – Alasdair Buchan
Nurse Libby – Anne Odeke
Mrs Terence – Mandi Symonds
Dora – Melissa Vaughan
Further casting to be announced.



Director  – Luke Sheppard (In the Heights, Stig of the Dump (UK Tour), Casa Valentina & the Associate Director of Matilda (Stratford-Upon-Avon, West End, Broadway).

Designed by David Woodhead,
Sound and music by Harry Blake
Lighting by Howard Hudson. 


The national tour is produced by Alastair Whatley and Tom Hackney for The Original Theatre Company and Sebastian Warrack for Salisbury Playhouse, in association with Eastbourne Theatres.

Tour Dates | Night Must Fall


19 August – 3 September
Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
01323 412000

6 – 24 September
Salisbury Playhouse on sale 20 May
01722 320333

28 September – 1 October
The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry    on sale now
024 7655 3055

17 – 22 October
New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich on sale now
01473 295900

1 – 5 November
Palace Theatre, Southend on sale 1 June
01702 351135

8 – 12 November
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham on sale 1 June
01242 572573

15 – 19 November
York Theatre Royal  on sale soon  
01904 623568