The Thrill of Love  
The Thrill of Love

by Amanda Whittington

Directed by Karen Hope

Evenings at 7.30
Wednesday 13th - Saturday 16th February and Tuesday 19th - Saturday 23rd February
Matinées at 3.00
Saturdays 16th and 23rd February

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Based on a true story, The Thrill of Love is a stylishly atmospheric "film noir" style drama. Located amid the seedy glamour of 1950's West End "gentlemen's" clubs, it's a masterful blend of humour and tragedy, set against a soundtrack of Billie Holiday's bruised and yearning voice.

Nightclub hostess Ruth Ellis works hard and plays hard in search of fame and fortune, but ultimately pays a high price to achieve it. In 1955, the self-styled "blonde bombshell" is found guilty of the murder of her violent upper class lover and Ruth finally becomes famous - as the last woman to be hanged in England.

In a desperate race against time to save Ruth from the hangman's noose, Ruth's crime and the events leading up to it are re-examined through the eyes of the investigating detective, Inspector Gale, and the three loyal friends who knew her best - cynical nightclub manageress, Sylvie Shaw; aspiring "actress" Vickie Martin; and naïve charwoman, Doris Judd.

Cast List

Doris : Deborah Ley
Jack : Martin Shaw
Ruth : Beatrice Andrew
Sylvia : Sue Brodie
Vickie : Sarah Assaf


Production Team

Director : Karen Hope
Set Design : Jude Chalk
Costume and Make-Up Design : Lynda Twidale and Lucy Moss
Lighting Design: Stephen Ley
Sound Design : Rob Irvine
Stage Manager : Richard Davies
Assistant Director: Rosanna Preston