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thrill me: the leopold & loeb story

2 - 20 April 2019
The Hope Theatre

The Hope Theatre presents this ★★★★★ award winning musical

book, music & lyrics by STEPHEN DOLGINOFF
directed by MATTHEW PARKER


Relationships can be murder!

Chicago, 1924. Richard Loeb is obsessed with crime. Nathan Leopold is obsessed with Richard.

They sign a contract in blood to satisfy each other’s needs and embark on an intense sexual relationship powered by the thrill of committing crime. But Richard soon tires of arson, theft and petty vandalism. Under the delusion that he is an Ubermensch and above morality and law, he ropes Nathan into committing the perfect murder for the ultimate turn-on. They become the Thrill Killers.  

From award winning writer Stephen Dolginoff and award winning director Matthew Parker comes THRILL ME: THE LEOPOLD & LOEB STORY; a true crime musical that has enjoyed success all over the world. In the intimate confines of The Hope Theatre, two actors will entice and chill you with an evening of masochism, music and murder. Based on a true story.  

THRILL ME is the 9th in-house production from The Hope Theatre’s award winning team. It follows previous ★★★★★, Offie award nominated shows THE LESSON and BRIMSTONE & TREACLE and the award winning LOVESONG OF THE ELECTRIC BEAR.

Press on Matthew Parker’s previous Hope Theatre productions: –

★★★★★ “Thrilling and fulfilling” London Pub Theatres
★★★★★ “Dark and disturbing” London Theatre1
★★★★★ “Another stunner from The Hope” IThankyou Theatre

THRILL ME: THE LEOPOLD & LOEB STORY is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd. 




  • Book, music & lyrics: Steven Dolginoff
  • Director: Matthew Parker
  • Producer: Benjamin Alborough for The Hope Theatre
  • Lighting Designer: Chris McDonnell

The Lesson

25 Sept - 13 Oct 2018
The Hope Theatre
Matthew Parker directs a first-class and well-cast revival of this theatrical masterpiece, treading with meticulous poise and confidence the fine line required to juxtapose the absurd, the horrific and the comic elements this unsettling piece contains.
Act Drop

“Note this carefully, and remember it ‘till the day you die…” 

When an enthusiastic young student arrives at The Professor’s house for her lesson, she is wide-eyed and ready to learn. But no amount of studying can prepare her for the odyssey that lies ahead. This unflinching and dreamlike comedy-drama bursts on to The Hope Theatre stage this autumn under the direction of its award-winning Artistic Director, Matthew Parker

More than 50 years since its UK premiere , Eugene Ionesco’s dark comic-drama still packs one hell of a punch. The French playwright’s radical views on education, life and death are laced through this funny, disturbing and gripping look at the tyrannical nature of power, the dangers of enforced education and how words can be used as weapons. With broad comedy jutting up against scenes of horror, THE LESSON is a theatrical experience you will never forget.

Nominated for a whopping 4 Off West End Awards including Best Director for Matthew. 





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  • The Maid: Joan Potter
  • The Pupil: Sheetal Kapoor
  • The Professor: Roger Alborough


  • Writer: Eugene Ionesco (translation Donald Watson)
  • Producers: Benjamin Alborough & Cas Hodges for The Hope Theatre
  • Director: Matthew Parker
  • Designer: Rachael Ryan
  • Stage Manager: Ariel Harrison
  • Lighting: Chris McDonnell
  • Sound: Simon Arrowsmith
  • Movement: Roman Berry
  • Assistant Director: Lizzie Benbow
  • Production Assistant: Kitty Evans
  • Photography: lhphotoshots