Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story

13 Jan - 5 Feb 2022
Jermyn Street Theatre
Matthew Parker’s revival is as captivating a piece of theatre as you are likely to see this year… Theatre at its glorious and thrilling best!
Close Up Culture

Relationships can be murder

Chicago, 1924. Richard Loeb is obsessed with crime. Nathan Leopold is obsessed with Richard. High on adrenaline, they leave a trail of arson, theft, and vandalism in their wake. But Richard wants to take a step further – a step that will test Nathan’s loyalty to the limit. Can they commit the ultimate crime: a perfect murder? 

A dark and thrilling musical of masochism and murder, Thrill Me has become a modern classic. Matthew Parker’s previous production for The Hope Theatre received numerous ★★★★★ reviews and its two leads both won the OFFIE Award for Best Male Performance in a Musical 2020. 

Thrill Me played to sold out houses at the Jermyn Street Theatre in 2022, gaining a 9 ★★★★★ reviews and a record 6 OFFIE Award nominations, including Best Musical Production and Best Director of a Musical for Matthew Parker.

Matthew won Best Director of a Musical at the 2023 OFFIES Awards Ceremony for his direction of Thrill Me


  • Nathan Leopold: Bart Lambert
  • Richard Loeb: Jack Reitman
  • Plus the voices of Dewi Hughes & Bryan Pilkington 


  • Writer/Composer/Lyricist: Stephen Dolginoff
  • Director: Matthew Parker
  • Musical Director: Benjamin McQuigg
  • Producer: David Doyle for Jermyn Street Theatre
  • Associate Producer: Benjamin Alborough
  • Designer: Rachael Ryan
  • Lighting: Chris McDonnell
  • Sound: Simon Arrowsmith
  • Production Manager: Lucy Mewis-McKerrow
  • Stage Manager: Summer Keeling
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Jordan Littlewood
  • Production Photographer: Steve Gregson

Thrill Me has been around the world since Off-Broadway in 2003 and been performed in 22 countries - but there won’t have been a better production than this

Musical Theatre Review

Quite simply superb in every respect

London Theatre1

The show is superior musical theatre and we have come to expect nothing less from Matthew Parker and company

London Pub Theatres

Matthew Parker’s direction leaves you gasping for breath, a relentless pushing of plot and characters, allowing the emotions and complexities to take centre stage

The Reviews Hub

A wonderful piece of theatre - it’s definitely a must watch! 

London Theatre Reviews

Director Matthew directs with a deft touch that makes the piece zing and brings the best out of Lambert and Reitman. He even makes the moving of some large props seem almost balletic

Last Minute Theatre

The unanimous consideration for authenticity has produced an environment rich with painful realism

Broadway World UK

What makes this all totally compelling first of all is the fluid pace of Matthew Parker’s direction…. There is dexterous verbal nuance and an evident physicality throughout

Plays To See

As captivating a piece of theatre as you are likely to see this year… theatre at its glorious and thrilling best

Close Up Culture

Parker’s production resists casting the audience in the role of voyeaurs, but it does underscore the power of art to refashion and provoke

The Telegraph

Matthew Parker's concentrated revival sounds every tone of this undeniably thrilling, chilling killing

Daily Mail

Parker doesn’t try to sugar-coat the unpleasantness but he does negotiate a believable, possibly even sympathetic route through the story… Masterclass in handling difficult material

The Stage

Intense and passionate theatre… (Parker’s) direction allows the text to be punchy and there isn’t a dull moment all evening

Everything Theatre

This is storytelling of the very highest order and captures the essence of two complex characters in 80 minutes – quite a feat

Pocket Size Theatre

Matthew Parker’s direction is nuanced and taut, bringing out a tense chemistry in the two actors

North West End

Parker perfectly quickens the pace of his production as the net closes in on the increasingly nervous duo… serving up everything you could possibly want from an evening at the theatre

Jewish Chronicle

The cast and production team have made sure that justice is done to this extraordinary piece of theatre that never ceases to thrill

Broadway Baby

Matthew Parker ably directs a pacy and fluid whistle-stop interrogation of the rotten coercive relationship between Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb

West End Best Friend

Thrill Me is a fascinating study of obsession and codependency… Matthew Parker's tight direction ensures that our interest never flags

London Living Large

An 80 minute two hander like this only works, of course, if the two actors are totally attuned to each other and directed with sensitive intelligence – and this show ticks all those boxes

Sardines Mag

Riveting performances in a tale of cold blooded murder… It has all been efficiently staged by director Matthew Parker