Picture: Pamela Raith

Murder in the Dark

Malvern Theatres


The brand new Torben Betts thriller, Murder in the Dark, began the UK and Ireland Tour in September last year, premiering at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley, and is still unsettling audiences at Malvern Festival Theatre this week.

Does this psychological thriller set your teeth on edge and can this ghost story offer up something perplexing and ominous to really test your nerve?

Definitely not for the fainthearted with the many twists and turns that will most certainly get the heart racing and the mind whirring as director Philip Franks takes you through a plethora of emotions with plenty of jump scares thrown in.

Tom Chambers, as aging popstar Danny, has finally hit rock bottom with his career and family life fluttering in tatters in the wind, but things aren’t always what they seem. Or are they?

Not the best New Year’s Eve celebration when Danny crashes his car, stranding himself and latest squeeze Sarah, Laura White, in the middle of nowhere with a strange and eccentric pig farmer Mrs Bateman, Susie Blake. Beware of the dog prowling the outside and the dodgy electrics.

Other guests at the cottage with an outside toilet and shower, is Danny’s son Jake, Jonny Green, his ex-partner Rebecca, Rebecca Charles and his brother William, Owen Oakeshott.

The set designed by Simon Kenny, cleverly slides from inside to outside and through the other side with plenty of doors leading off to other rooms and windows to keep an eye on. Despite the macabre atmosphere, there is plenty of humour thrown in, with even a musical interlude as brothers William and Danny perform together. Lots of horror film influences can be seen throughout, with a penchant for Japanese horror like The Ring.

A play with lots to digest, although probably best not to eat the mushroom and garlic soup, which will keep you entertained as mysteries unfold and it all clicks into place. Once upon a time, there were three blind mice…

Prepare to be perched on the edge of your seats this week at Malvern Theatres until Saturday February 24th. Tickets are available from the box office on 01684 892277 or online at Here.

Emma Trimble


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