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Don’t Look Now


Adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s supernatural thriller, “Don’t Look Now” is set in Venice as John and Laura try to escape their grief, following the death of their young daughter. But when the couple meet two aged sisters, one of them claims to have psychic visions of the dead girl. Tension mounts as John and Laura are led through a maze of canals and alleyways towards a dark and terrifying climax

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This adaptation of Don’t Look Now was first performed on 22nd of February 2007 at the Sheffield Lyceum, produced by the Sheffield Theatres and transferring on 13th of March 2007 to the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith.

Praise for “Don’t Look Now”

“… a tense and gripping affair. Fluid in its swift scene transitions, Norman Coates’ moonlit Venetian waterway set, with imperfect brick-exposed façade, aptly mirrors the Baxters’ crumbling lives. From rippled reflections to an unnerving child’s cry, the haunting light and sound effects along with distressing projections combine to chilling effect…”
-The Stage

“A strong vision, with chiaroscuro stage pictures recalling old masters, and a clear narrative line through the plot twists and the mysteries, make this version of Du Maurier’s tale of the supernatural a satisfying evening in the theatre…”
-Reviews Hub

“A thoughtful play looking at the impact the loss of a child can have on its surviving parents, this production of Don’t Look Now is a worthy adaptation of a modern classic film.”

“Nell Leyshon bring(s) a fresh eye to Daphne du Maurier’s chilling ‘Don’t Look Now’. This edge-of-your seat production is helmed by the Queen’s Theatre Artistic Director Simon Jessop”
– Time Out

Cast & Creatives

John, Tom Cornish
Laura, Charlotte Powell
Red Cloaked Figure, Karen Anderson
Sister, Gilian Cally
Blind Sister, Tina Gray
Hotel Clerk, Callum Hughes
Police Chief, Stuart Organ
Restaurant Proprietor, Sam Pay

Conceived and Directed by Lucy Bailey
Designer, Mike Britain
Lighting Designer, Chris Davey
Original Music & Sound Design, Neil Catchpole and J Peter Schwalm
Voice Coach, Penny Dyer
Fight Director, Richard Ryan
Casting, Siobhan Bracke