#FridayFive: Rope

Theatre Arts Guild presents Patrick Hamilton's Rope at the Pond Playhouse through June 22

Members of the cast of the Theatre Arts Guild‎ production of Rope. Photo: Facebook / Theatre Arts Guild‎.
Members of the cast of the Theatre Arts Guild‎ production of Rope. Photo: Facebook / Theatre Arts Guild‎.

Patrick Hamilton’s Rope opened last night at the Pond Playhouse in Halifax. Presented by the Theatre Arts Guild until June 22, here are five reasons we think you might want to check it out:

1. A thriller

Rope tells the story of two young undergraduates who believe they have committed the perfect murder. Hiding the body in a chest, the pair host a party for the victim’s friends and family with the chest in full view of the guests.

2. The master of suspense

Playwright Patrick Hamilton’s Rope was adapted by Alfred Hitchcock, in his 1948 film of the same name starring Jimmy Stewart.

3. Continuous action

Hamilton has structured his play with continuous action, a technique Hitchcock followed in the making of his film.

4. A dark connection

Rope is said to have been inspired by the real-life murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks in 1924 by University of Chicago students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb.

5. A rare outing

Since it made its first appearance in 1929 on a London stage, Rope has been rarely produced with relatively short runs in the West End and London.

Rope plays the Pond Playhouse (6 Parkhill Rd, Halifax) until June 22. Visit tagtheatre.com for tickets and information.