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Washed-up playwright Sidney Bruhl is desperate - he’s not had a hit play in years, inspiration is nonexistent and funds are desperately low. A break in his fortunes occurs when a student asks him to read DEATHTRAP - a play Sidney immediately recognises as a potential Broadway hit. Read more …


Chasing a desperate desire to once again be the toast of Broadway, Sidney is prepared to do whatever it takes. Deathtrap, it turns out, really is a play to die for.

Plotting and double-crossing come thick and fast in this brilliant maze of backstabbing twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end.

One of the most successful black comedies ever, Deathtrap is a truly satisfying spine-chilling thriller that will have you laughing and screaming in equal measure.

The critical consensus

Twists and turns in the script ensure the audience both hoots with mirth and leap out of their seats in terror.

***(*)(*)Joy Watters, Across the Arts

Like an extended episode of Inside No 9 as directed by Ryan Murphy, Levin’s post-modern high-jinks are plotted like a well-oiled if somewhat eccentric machine programmed to surprise the audience and raise the stakes as high as you like.

****(*)Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 23/02/2018

Watching McKnight’s lovingly crafted production is as enjoyable as a ride on a ghost train and ultimately just as disposable.

***(*)(*)Allan Radcliffe, 24/02/2018

As amusing as it is satisfying.

****(*)Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, 24/02/2018

It's furious, funny and juicy.

****(*)Lorna Irvine, The List, 26/02/2018

Deathtrap is an incredibly well structured, acted and staged play that constantly raises questions and keeps the momentum of fear and humour rolling over the entire run time.

****(*)Emily Christie, The Wee Review, 23/02/2018

Not so much a whodunnit as a why do it?

Mark Brown, Scottish Stage, 07/03/2018

Features about Deathtrap

Johnny McKnight: 'Theatre's at its very best when its unapologetically entertaining'

Gareth K Vile, The List, 20/02/2018

Johnny McKnight--Deathtrap

Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 22/02/2018

Where and when?

Dundee Rep Theatre, Dundee from Tuesday February 20, 2018, until Saturday March 10, 2018. More info:

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