In the Dead of Night

Theatre, Fringe

Go all film noir at the Landor theatre with this tale of murder and power set in a South American down at the end of WWII. Paul Boyd brings Claudio Macor's tale a new original score for its world premiere.


Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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I have been to several shows at the Landor and they are usually lovely old musicals like She Loves Me and Damn Yankees.  Seeing the posters for a "film noir" I assumed it would be a nice classy romance like a Lauren Bacall film.  How wrong I was!  This show is pure filth! There's swearing, men kissing, pornographic tango dancing, girls in their underwear and drug dealing! It also promised an original score which turns out to have been written by someone who wrote something called the T*t Factory.  Disgusting. If this is what passes for entertainment in Clapham these days it's time I moved to Eastbourne and be done with it. However, the cast do a really wonderful job with the rather dirty material they are given and I did enjoy the soaring music despite the composer's dubious body of work.

In the dead of night is a brilliant play, so atmospheric and beautifully staged. The cast is uniformly superb, the dancing is exquisite, the music is just astounding, and I absolutely loved the lights. It really is like watching an old Hollywood movie on stage - but with swearing, sex, drugs, and murders!  I am going again and taking some work colleagues with me who will LOVE it.

I saw In The Dead of Night at the Sunday matinee performance and I urge any producer out there to flock to the Landor theatre and to transfer it to the West End. It's a clever and innvovative concept. Film noir, live and onstage. You feel like you are watching a movie. The dance numbers are spectacular, the score is terrific and the cast is equally excellent. It fully deserves the 4 and 5 STARS reviews it has received. Go see it before it closes on 16 May!

This is a wonderful little theatre that puts on west end quality work.  I saw In the Dead of Night last night and it's really amazing - sexy, smart and unlike anything I've ever seen. And only £18!