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Full cast announced for Night Must Fall

22 June 2016

Niamh McGrady and Will Featherstone will star as Olivia and Dan respectively in the national tour of Emlyn Williams’s psychological thriller, Night Must Fall, directed by Luke Sheppard, which runs at Salisbury Playhouse from Tuesday 6 to Saturday 24 September.

They join the previously announced Gwen Taylor as Mrs Bramson and Daragh O’Malley as Inspector Belsize, along with Alasdair Buchan as Hubert, Anne Odeke as Nurse Libby, Mandi Symonds as Mrs Terence and Melissa Vaughan as Dora. 

Niamh McGrady is best known for playing the regular characters Mary-Claire Carter in Holby City (BBC) and PC Danielle Ferrington in three series of The Fall (BBC).  Her theatre credits include Twelfth Night (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre, West End and Broadway).

Will Featherstone’s theatre credits include Dr. Scroggy’s WarRomeo and JulietAs You Like It and Anne Boleyn for Shakespeare’s Globe, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Comedy of Errors for Propeller, and The History Boys for Sheffield Crucible. Screen credits including Fresh Meat (Channel 4), Endeavour (ITV), Ashes to Ashes (BBC) and Midsomer Murders (ITV), as well as the forthcoming feature film A United Kingdom, starring Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo. 

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.

Night Must Fall was the first production to be performed in the former Garrison Theatre on Fisherton Street in Salisbury, a predecessor of Salisbury Playhouse, starring Emlyn Williams himself.

Night Must Fall will be designed by David Woodhead, with sound and music by Harry Blake (Hedda Gabler and Bike at Salisbury Playhouse) and lighting by Howard Hudson (Hedda Gabler and Cinderella at Salisbury Playhouse). 

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.

Night Must Fall runs at Salisbury Playhouse from Tuesday 6 to Saturday 24 September and is suitable for those aged 12 years and over. For tickets or more information please contact the Ticket Office on 01722 320333 or visit the show page