Preview: Deathtrap, Pleasance Theatre

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THEATRE Broad bring Ira Levin’s ingeniously constructed Deathtrap to the Pleasance Theatre tomorrow, for one night only.

The comedy thriller, which was a huge Broadway hit before being turned into a highly successful movie starring Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve in 1982, tells the story of unknown writer Clifford Anderson.

After sending his new thriller, Deathtrap, to award-winning Broadway author Sidney Bruhl for comment Anderson decides to visit the ‘master’.

However, having had little success for some years, Sidney plots with his wife Myra to plagiarise Deathtrap. When the playwright turns up to discuss the play, events take a sinister turn.

Twisting and turning throughout, Levin keeps audiences guessing to the very end. You might think you have it sussed but be sure of one thing, Levin will quickly pull the rug from under you thanks to a series of double-entendres and outrageous characters such as Helga Ten Dorp, a psychic, famous for pointing out murderers, and Porter Milgrim, Sidney’s Lawyer.

All offer clues, or do they?

The longest-running thriller in Broadway history, Deathtrap was written in 1978 and ran for four years, with more than 1800 performances.

It transferring from the Music Box Theatre where it opened, to the Biltmore Theatre on January 7, 1982, where it closed a short time later.

The cast featured Marian Seldes in the role of Myra Bruhl, who appeared in every one of the plays 1809 performances, earning a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Deathtrap, Pleasance Theatre, tomorrow, 7.30pm, £12, 0131-650 4673

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