See how to commit the perfect crime in RopeBy Caroline Cook
January 28, 2013
Wednesday, February 6, to Saturday, February 9
South Hill Park, Bracknell
A true-life story in which two college students conspired to commit the perfect crime is the inspiration behind Studio Theatre Company’s latest production.
The company, based at South Hill Park, is performing Patrick Hamilton’s Rope, which is loosely based on the Leopold and Loeb murder case of 1924.
Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were two wealthy University of Chicago law students who murdered 14-year-old Robert Franks because they wanted to commit a perfect crime.
Rope follows a similar story, as two like-minded college students plot the perfect, motiveless murder of a fellow undergraduate.
After committing their terrible crime, the pair place the body in a wooden chest which acts as a make-shift supper table.
The students invite guests to a dinner party, including the dead boy’s father. But will they get away with their ‘perfect’ crime?
“This is the first show of the 2013 Studio Theatre Company season. Last year’s season proved very successful and breathed new life into the small theatre venue,” says show producer and actor Luke Burton.
The Studio Theatre Company was formed last year after local actors asked South Hill Park bosses if they could make use of the often-empty Studio Theatre space.
“The shows provide opportunities for local actors and backstage crew to get involved in a professional venue,” says Luke.
“We also aim to get a new audience interested in theatre and the studio itself.”n Tickets for Rope are £11, or £9 for members and concessions. The show starts at 7pm. To book, visit www.southhillpark.org.uk or call the box office.