With an exceptional cast assembled and an exciting creative team ready to go, Dundee Rep Ensemble’s first show of 2018 begins with the most successful thriller in Broadway history. Rehearsals have begun for the highly anticipated production of Ira Levin’s Deathtrap – performed by the award-winning Dundee Rep Ensemble.

Dundee Rep is thrilled to welcome award-winning writer and director, Johnny McKnight who will be directing for the first time at the Rep. Perfectly combining suspense and humour; this Tony Award-nominated play offers twists and turns, as well as laughs.

Johnny is a well-known writer, director and performer throughout the Scottish theatre scene, having directed a number of leading theatre companies including Scottish Opera, Tron Theatre, Macrobert, Perth Theatre and the award-nominated Play, Pie and a Pint play A Perfect Stroke. He is also Co-Artistic Director of award-winning Random Accomplice Theatre Company together with former college classmate, Julie Brown. Johnny is joined by multi-award winning designer, Kenny Miller, giving audiences an enticing prospect of these two critically acclaimed artists working together.

Lewis Howden and Emily Winter Rehearse Deathtrap at Dundee Rep
Lewis Howden and Emily Winter rehearse Deathtrap

McKnight brings this truly satisfying spine-chiller with gasps and giggles that is guaranteed to surprise and challenge audiences. Deathtrap promises a maze of shock plot twists, following washed-out playwright Sidney Bruhl who hasn’t had a hit play in years, we witness how far he will go to become a Broadway hit once again.

This edge-of-the-seat production of this murder-mystery play stars the Rep’s resident Ensemble members Ewan Donald, Lewis Howden, Irene Macdougall, and Emily Winter alongside new graduate apprentice, Tom England – who is making his main stage debut at the Rep.

Speaking about what audiences can expect from this iconic play, Johnny McKnight, Director, said:

“I’m delighted to be working at Dundee Rep.  As my first time working at the theatre I’ve admired the plethora of excellent productions presented at the Rep over the years: from Sunshine On Leith to Great Expectations, The Cheviot, The Stag and The Black Black Oil to And Then There Were None.  I’ve always been struck by the sheer versatility and power of the Rep actors, so to finally have the opportunity to work with them is a real joy.  The script Deathtrap proved irresistible - where else can you find a thriller that so enjoys playing with its audience, taking them through a maze of twists and turns, providing shocks and belly laughs.  I’ve always said that theatre’s at its best when it’s at its most entertaining, Deathtrap provides us with this – it’s full of gasps, giggles and horror.  Our aim for this production is to give the audience at Dundee Rep a real rollercoaster of a night out.”  

Deathtrap will run from Tuesday 20 February – Saturday 10 March at Dundee Rep Theatre.