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Deathtrap - 2010 - West End

Ingeniously clever and hilariously twisted, DEATHTRAP is the most celebrated play by Ira Levin, who also wrote The Stepford Wives, Rosemary's Baby, The Boys from Brazil and A Kiss Before Dying.

Matthew Warchus directs a unique cast which includes Simon Russell Beale (most recently seen in the sell out National Theatre production of London Assurance) and Jonathan Groff (currently starring in the hit TV series Glee and star of the Tony Award winning US production of Spring Awakening) alongside Terry Beaver and award-winning actresses Claire Skinner and Estelle Parsons.


Noel Coward Theatre

(London, )
85-88 St Martin's Ln, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4AP, United Kingdom


by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 7, 2021
Town & Country Players will welcome patrons back into the Barn Theater to enjoy Ira Levin's 1978 play Deathtrap. The play centers around fictional playwright Sidney Bruhl who is struggling through a writing a dry spell.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 11, 2020
Lake Worth Playhouse's 68th Season of live theatre features a down home look at one the most influential vocalists of the 20th Century, The longest running thriller in Broadway history, A Pulitzer Prize Winning contemporary musical about the complexity of mental illness and its effect on a family and more.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 5, 2020
Cohesity, Pure Storage and Special Olympics Northern California presented a virtual night out with Jonathan Groff! Groff sang famous tunes from Frozen, Hamilton and more.
by Stephi Wild - Oct 4, 2020
Virtual Off the Page, the series of virtual staged readings presented online by Sierra Madre Playhouse, next presents streamed performances of Collected Stories by Donald Margulies.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 19, 2020
Centenary Stage Company brings nineteenth-century London to life again, but this season with a new adaptation than their previous productions.
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 17, 2019
Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled to welcome the NYC premiere of ONE NOVEMBER YANKEE, written and directed by Joshua Ravetch. Produced by Delaware Theatre Company, ONE NOVEMBER YANKEE begins performances on Friday, November 29 for a limited engagement through Sunday, December 29. 
by Aaron Wallace - Oct 14, 2019
DEATHTRAP gets off to a slow start, but by Scene Two - when the third of five characters enters the action - it's off to a fast-paced saga of twists, turns, and fatalities... Hilarity and homicide ensue, but in ways you won't see coming, with so many plot twists and misdirects that even an audience with ESP might gasp, as the Garden's sold-out house did all night long. Well, most of the theater...
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 10, 2019
The Old Globe today announced its latest cast and creative team as the illustrious actors in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program expertly perform William Shakespeare's magical comedy Twelfth Night, directed by Jesse Perez, the program's Director of Professional Training and a noted actor (Off Broadway's Party People, the Globe's Romeo and Juliet, La Jolla Playhouse's Seize the King). The classical actors of tomorrow will bring to life a world filled with some of the Bard's most unforgettable characters and memorable moments. Twelfth Night will run November 2a?"10, 2019 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Opening night is Saturday, November 2 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets to Twelfth Night are now on sale and can be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Box Office.
by Stephi Wild - Oct 1, 2019
Covering 100 years of theatre history, In the Long Run: A Cultural History of Broadway's Hit Plays traces the long-running Broadway play as a distinct cultural phenomenon that rises and falls from 1918 to 2018. The book presents in-depth analysis of 15 plays that ran over 1,000 performances, examining what made each so popular in its time-and then, in many cases, fall into obscurity.
by Anna Jensen - Nov 8, 2019
San Luis Obispo Rep's craftily staged production of Deathtrap, a comedy thriller, delivers on the foreshadowing promise of its opening dialogue: 'One set, five characters. A juicy murder in Act One, unexpected developments in Act Two. Sound construction, good dialogue, laughs in the right places.' Deathtrap's stage action runs like an intricately laid out fox hunt where the audience as the pack of hounds follows continuously forking trails of red herrings. And it's delightful.
by Don Grigware - Nov 8, 2019
Actor Burt Grinstead gained recognition in Los Angeles for his terrific performance in Deathtrap at LGBTQ and later in The Rope at Actors Co-op. He formed his own production company and produced and co-starred in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which he also adapted with his partner Anna Stromberg. They won top prize at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2018. Grinstead is currently preparing to open as Richard the Lionheart in The Lion in Winter at Laguna Playhouse this Sunday November 10. In our conversation he talks about the play in depth and lays bare his passion for the acting profession.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Nov 5, 2020
'Frozen' stars Kristen Bell and Jonathan Groff will reunite to star in 'Molly and the Moon,' an upcoming musical film from Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. The pair created 'How I Met Your Mother.'
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 14, 2019
The Music Hall and Ogunquit Playhouse have announced the cast and creative team of the beloved musical Annie, on stage November 27 through December 22 at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 
by Courtney Symes - Nov 12, 2019
Deathtrap, the longest-running comedy/thriller on Broadway, brings tantalizing twists and shocking turns to Sacramento Theatre Company (STC) this month. This 1978 play-within-a-play by Ira Levin (Rosemary's Baby, The Stepford Wives) was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Play. Directed by STC's Executive Producing Director, Michael Laun, Deathtrap is a deliciously suspenseful whodunit and being entertained in the cozy Pollock Theatre is a perfect way to spend a chilly fall evening.
by Matt Wolf - May 5, 2021
The fabled date is getting nearer!  For months, May 17 has loomed large in the calendar of London theatreland as the signal for playhouses to reopen their doors after a five-month lockdown - a period of closure that has, of course, been much longer in New York for the simple reason that London theaters did at least flicker partially to life last autumn.
by Jimin Lee - May 23, 2021
How far would you go for a great piece of writing? Choke someone to death? How about faking a murder that will bring casualties to your loved ones? Though it seems intense, Sidney Bruhl did one of these acts, for an entrancing piece of work. The charming yet dangerous play, DEATHTRAP had its first 2021 performance on March 20th at the Plus Theater.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 4, 2020
Village Theatre Has Announced its 2020-2021 Season which is filled with a compelling collection of shows that will combine to create an incredible year of theatre. The lineup includes: Mamma Mia!, a dazzling musical triumph filled to the brim with hit ABBA songs; Hello, Dolly!, the universally acclaimed smash hit; Deathtrap, a deliciously shocking comedy thriller; Making Tracks, a powerful musical about the Asian-American experience; and Ain't Misbehavin', a delightful and energizing revue featuring the music of Fats Waller.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Mar 25, 2021
“U Made The Devil Cry captures a look at death,” explains KAMIYADA+. “In some cases intentional/accidental from a viewpoint so saddening that even the devil himself couldn’t bare it,”
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 23, 2021
Vineyard Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, and Irish Repertory Theatre in association with Jeff Berger, have announced John Cullum: An Accidental Star, which will premiere April 8 and will be available for streaming on demand through April 22. Two live watch party events will take place April 8 at 7:00 pm EDT and April 17 at 2:00 pm EDT.  
by Courtney Symes - Mar 2, 2020
It is said that Shakespeare's Hamlet is being performed every minute somewhere in the world. Now, you can see it at the Sacramento Theatre Company (STC). BroadwayWorld Award-winning director Casey McClellan teams up with Greg Foro to create a modern-day version of the play that focuses on the intricacies of the family unit and revenge.
by Jim Munson - Jun 3, 2021
After the myriad stresses of the past year, we could all use some straight-up entertainment and 42nd Street Moon is providing just that with Don’t Touch That Dial: DC and Peter’s Glorious Romp Through the Golden Age of TV Theme Songs. Conceived and directed by DC Scarpelli and Peter Budinger, the show promises, a light-hearted, celebratory stroll down memory lane as Scarpelli and Budinger guide us through the decades of catchy sitcom themes and the evolution of television. The large, diverse cast also includes Moon stalwarts like Meg McKay and Keith Pinto among a host of multi-talented performers who may be new to you. Don’t Touch That Dial is available to stream from June 5 – 27, 2021 as part of 42nd Street Moon’s paid virtual ticketed MoonBeams series. Tickets and further information are available at ​​​​​​​I had the pleasure of speaking with Budinger and Scarpelli last week as they were still putting the finishing touches on the video presentation. As Scarpelli says, “We’re not satisfied with any musical number until it’s utterly dripping with charm and delight.” If you ever run into them at a party, these are definitely the guys you want to talk to as they are both a barrel of fun and an endless font of information about classic TV and musical theater. A married couple, the two have been working together for years as well as performing individually, and their combined theater credits read like a recent history of Bay Area musical theater. The freewheeling conversation covered how they conceived the show and put it together, which obscure songs didn’t make the final cut, and shows they’d love for Moon to mount in the future.
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 3, 2021
The Wick Theatre will present the world premiere of Cindy Williams' one-woman show, Me, Myself and Shirley.
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 27, 2020
Take a deep dive into the career of Jonathan Groff, both before and after his Tony-nominated turn in as King George III!
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 24, 2020
Fountain Hills Theater publicly announced their 2020-21 Season on March 1st at their annual gala, Broadway in the Hills. Since that time, there have been many challenges to the theatrical entertainment world. (!)
by Matt Wolf - Jun 1, 2021
And they're off! London theatres have been open for several weeks now, and the reviews once again are coming hard and fast as a glance at this very site will confirm. Quick off the mark have been the smaller-sized shows: solo plays like Cruise or Harm or a three-person West End entry like Amy Berryman's Walden (though that title was beset by pre-opening dramas of its own, more of which below). But as the big musicals prepare their own re-emergence on to a scene marked out already by the producer Sonia Friedman's RE:EMERGE season (of which Walden is the first of three to open), excitement is in the air. The question now remains as to who, precisely, the audience is likely to be for these shows, given the difficulty for many in travelling to the UK.
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 1, 2021
Professor Stephen Davis, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at Centenary University, will continue his annual “Shakespeare Residency” at Blairstown Elementary School this spring.
by Matt Wolf - Jul 16, 2021
Hadley Fraser some while ago established himself as one of the most protean actors around: a talent equally at home both in big-name musicals (Les Mis, Young Frankenstein) and Shakespeare (playing Aufidius to Tom Hiddleston’s Coriolanus and Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale, alongside Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench). Now, with theatre in the capital kickstarting anew, Fraser is due to open Aug 11 at the Noel Coward Theatre in 2: 22 – A Ghost Story, which is that modern-day rarity – a stage thriller.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 1, 2020
This week's episode of Manoa Valley Theatre's new live streaming video series called MVT Live, features the former Producing Director of Manoa Valley Theatre, Dwight Martin.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 7, 2020
Citadel Theatre has announced the cast and crew for the third production of its 17th season - THE FANTASTICKS. The world's longest running musical, THE FANTASTICKS tells the story of Matt and Luisa, young next-door neighbors who fall in love precisely because their scheming fathers, knowing the kids will do exactly what they're told NOT to do, have been keeping them apart.
by Stephi Wild - Jan 4, 2020
Greed and desperation lead to a sinister plot in Avon Players' surprise-filled thriller Deathtrap, running January 17-February 1.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 28, 2020
INTAR Theatre (Lou Moreno, Artistic Director/John McCormack, Executive Director) and Radio Drama Network (Melina Brown, President) today announced the cast for the World Premiere of Bundle of Sticks, a new play by J. Julian Christopher, directed by Lou Moreno. Bundle of Sticks will play a special limited Off-Broadway engagement, beginning February 22nd and continuing through March 22nd only. Opening Night is set for Monday March 2nd.
by Stephi Wild - Jan 27, 2020
A seminal work of Jewish culture or an act of traitorous libel? Indecent explores the origins of the highly controversial play The God of Vengeance by Sholem Asch. We follow the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it in this deeply moving play accompanied by a small live klezmer band.
by Stephi Wild - Jan 21, 2020
Nominations were announced for the WATCH Awards on January 19.
by Brian Stanczak-Tuscany - Jan 19, 2020
Avon Players' production of Deathrap by Ira Levin, running now through February 1st at Avon Players in Rochester Hills, is a suspenseful thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat! Living a seemingly comfortable life in his charming Connecticut home, playwright Sydney Bruhl is struggling to overcome a string of failures that have left him hurting for money.  However, he quickly realizes his luck may be turning around when he receives a script in the mail from Clifford Anderson, a former student.  Greed instantly overcomes Sydney upon reviewing the script and realizing that it will be a sure-fired hit. Sydney offers to collaborate with the young writer, but the plan he has devised with his wife Myra is far more devilish.  The audience is taken on a rollercoaster of suspense and anxiety as the events of this play unfold. This isn't your usual night out at the theatre.
by Stephi Wild - Jan 13, 2020
“Admissions” by Joshua Harmon will be the second play of the Hampton Theatre Company's 2019-2020 season, opening on January 16, 2020 at the Quogue Community Hall and running through February 2. Talkbacks with the cast and director will be offered following the 7 p.m. performances on Thursday, January 23, and Friday, January 24.
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 3, 2021
The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program's presentation of William Shakespeare's enchanting comedy classic A Midsummer Night's Dream.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 21, 2020
Lake Worth Playhouse Has Announced Their 2020/21 Season! See below for the full schedule!
by Lauren Yarger - Dec 4, 2019
Three playwrights present excerpts from holiday plays at a networking lunch sponsored by the CT Chapter of the League of Professional Theatre Women.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Dec 24, 2020
Whether you love them or not, holiday films are designed to make you feel good inside - so it makes total sense that, over the years, Broadway stars (our favorite purveyors of joy) have found themselves appearing in them!
by Stephi Wild - Dec 21, 2019
The Renaissance City Theatre, Inc. (RCTI) announces the exciting and new 20th Season of the Granite Theatre. Southern Rhode Island's only year-round theatre is within walking distance of some of the region's finest dining as well as a beautiful stretch of beaches and popular resorts. The Theatre is in a beautifully refurbished Greek Revival building located in the heart of historic downtown Westerly. Jude Pescatello will serve as interim Artistic Director.
by Stephi Wild - Dec 20, 2019
a?oeAdmissionsa?? by Joshua Harmon will be the second play of the Hampton Theatre Company's 2019-2020 season, opening on January 16, 2020 at the Quogue Community Hall and running through February 2. Talkbacks with the cast and director will be offered following the 7 p.m. performances on Thursday, January 23, and Friday, January 24.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 18, 2019
Renaissance City Theatre, Inc., the producing entity of the Granite Theatre, extends its search for a new Artistic Director to fill the position of retiring Artistic Directors David and Beth Jepson. It has been and will continue to be the mission of the Granite Theatre to provide exceptional year-round theatrical performances, education and other opportunities for the community of Westerly and surrounding areas.
by Alan Henry - Aug 23, 2021
BroadwayWorld is checking in with theaters around the country as they prepare to reopen this summer. Next in our series we check in with Chicago's Drury Lane Theatre's Associate Artistic Director Matthew D. Carney!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 16, 2021
Ross Valley Players will kick off its 92nd Season with Ripcord by Pulitzer Award winning playwright, David Lindsay-Abaire - a comic and touching clash of wills between mismatched roommates at a retirement home. Directed by Chloe Bronzan.
by Herbert Paine - Apr 9, 2021
On April 22nd, Don Bluth Front Row Theatre brings Michael Druxman’s play, ORSON WELLES, to the stage. In advance of its upcoming premiere: a conversation with director Lee Cooley about The Great One and the production.
by Matt Wolf - Apr 7, 2021
May 17 has long held near-sacrosanct status in and around London theatreland. That's the date earmarked for a return to live performance, albeit to limited audiences, with a further diary entry worth marking of June 21 (the summer solstice no less) when all restrictions on social contacts will be removed and playhouses may - one stresses the word may - be allowed to return to something resembling pre-pandemic capacity.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 5, 2020
The 2019 WATCH Award winners were announced on April 4th, 2020. The ceremony was canceled due to the current health crisis, but the announcement was published online.