Thrill Me: Leopold & Loeb Story

2 - 20 April 2019
The Hope Theatre
Matthew Parker’s stunning new production of Stephen Dolginoff’s Thrill Me is beautifully crafted: taut, sinister and ultimately disturbing – a masterclass in delusion and obsession.
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The Review Chap

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 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 Offie award winning LOVESONG OF THE ELECTRIC BEAR.

THRILL ME gained a stunning 7 ★★★★★ reviews and was nominated for 3 Offie Award nominations; Best Male in a Musical for both Bart Lambert & Jack Reitman plus Best Set Design for Matthew’s long-time collaborator Rachael Ryan. 

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

Cast

  • Nathan Leopold: Bart Lambert
  • Richard Loeb: Jack Reitman
  • PLUS voice recordings of Dewi Hughes & Bryan Pilkington

Creatives

  • Book, music & lyrics: Steven Dolginoff
  • Director: Matthew Parker
  • Producer: Benjamin Alborough for The Hope Theatre
  • Musical Director: Tim Shaw
  • Designer: Rachael Ryan
  • Lighting Designer: Chris McDonnell
  • Sound Designer: Simon Arrowsmith
  • Stage Manager: Emily Walters
  • Assistant Director: Toby Hampton

This is director Matthew Parker’s very first musical, but you would never have known it... One of the best musicals in town!

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London Theatre1

All killer, no filler... This is unmissable!

5
IThankyou Theatre

Directed by Matthew Parker, the Hope Theatre’s production of Stephen Dolginoff’s 2003 true-crime musical is stunning.

5
Spy In The Stalls

THRILL ME is a beautiful, unsettling, dark and gripping production

5
London Theatre Reviews

Matthew Parker’s stunning new production of Stephen Dolginoff’s Thrill Me is beautifully crafted: taut, sinister and ultimately disturbing – a masterclass in delusion and obsession.

5
The Review Chap

A classy revival of a darkly funny two-hander musical, superbly designed & impeccably performed – a thrill from start to finish!

5
Mind The Blog

A brilliant unforgettable moving performance. I would defy anyone not to leave the theatre without feeling moved by this disturbingly dark, sinister and fantastic production.

5
Theatre, Art & Film Blog

Intense, stylish and revelatory, Matthew Parker’s production strikes just the right tone

4
The Stage

With the Hope Theatre's Artistic Director, Matthew Parker, in formidable directorial command, we revel in a splendidly evocative and sometimes chilling revival of this musical

4
Act Drop

Matthew Parker directs tightly, and as songs quickly turn into scenes there is no time for any applause. This is a good decision as it heightens the drama playing out on stage.

4
Reviews Hub

Another exquisite success for director (Parker), who's set to leave The Hope Theatre after five years of leadership later in the year.

4
Broadway World

Mesmerisingly sinister thriller

4
London Pub Theatres

There’s a thrill here which can’t be denied – the Hope will miss Matthew Parker when he leaves.

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