By Ira Levin
Celebrated playwright Sidney Bruhl is in the grip of chronic writer’s block. With another flop on his hands he’s running out of inspiration – and cash. When a young writer sends Sidney the script for his brilliant new whodunit, Sidney devises a plan to claim it as his own.
From the author of The Stepford Wives, Rosemary’s Baby and The Boys from Brazil, Deathtrap is widely considered one of the best stage thrillers of all time.
Photo by Helen White
Twisting and turning with fiendish artistry, Deathtrap will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
By arrangement with Origin™ Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel French, Ltd.
By Ira Levin
Director Jo Turner
Assistant Director Nick Radinoff
Set Designer Michael Hankin
Costume Designer & Assistant Set Designer Katren Wood
Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
Associate Lighting Designer Alexander Berlage
Composer & Sound Designer Marty Jamieson
Fight Choreographer Scott Witt
Dialect Coach Linda Nicholls-Gidley
By Ira Levin
“Jo Turner's handsomely staged production discharges tension and laughter in roughly equal amounts…They don't make 'em like this anymore” Sydney Morning Herald
"(Director) Jo Turner has spoken before about his desire to tackle commercial shows that are entertainment, pure and simple. With Deathtrap, he’s totally nailed it."
The Daily Telegraph
“Devilishly dramatic and fiendishly funny, Deathtrap is a sure fire entertainment for those who like their fireside thrillers"
Sydney Arts Guide
“All in all, with a fine cast, excellent style and pacing, witty and wise collaborators and a play whose writer knew exactly what he was doing, Jo Turner achieves his goal: this is a production that sets out to entertain and scare the pants off its audience. And it does!”
Director Jo Turner has done a rip-roaring job of bringing to life Ira Levin’s crazy-clever production for the Sydney stage"
★ ★ ★ ★ The Music
"Director Jo Turner and his cast are so acutely aware of the expectations of the genre and deliver on them in every way possible." SX
"A great night out at the theatre"
★ ★ ★ ★ The Brag
"A rollicking good time, full of twists and turns. It's an edge of the seat whodunnit and you won't want to miss it!"
"This play will have you either laughing or gasping at sudden intervals. For a somewhat gruesome story, Deathtrap is a surprisingly light piece of real entertainment, and a recommended night out."
Reviews from previous USA productions
“An absolute knockout” The New York Times
"If you care to assassinate yourself with laughter, try DEATHTRAP." Time Magazine
“Two-thirds a thriller and one-third a devilishly clever comedy… Suspend your disbelief and be delighted. Scream a little. It’s good for you” Cue Magazine, New York
"Levin’s consciously twisty plot mixes the thrills of a murder mystery with the satisfaction of being led through a complex maze" Variety
Video: McFarlane's dark new role The Daily Edition, Channel 7
McFarlane turns to dark side in comedy-thriller Deathtrap The Daily Telegraph
How Deathtrap became the smash-hit play no one has ever heard of Sydney Morning Herald
On the Couch with Georgina Symes Arts Review
The inside job...fight director Sydney Morning Herald
Five Questions with Tim Dashwood Suzy Goes See
By Ira Levin
- Previews: 10 - 12 April
- Season: 15 April - 10 May
- Tue - Sat: 8pm
- Sun: 5pm
- Wed Matinee: 6 May, 11am
- Sat Matinees: 2 & 9 May, 3pm
- Download Deathtrap Event Program (PDF)
- Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (inc. 20 minute interval)
- This show contains some strobe lighting, smoke effects and sudden loud noises.
- Standard $45
- Concession $38
- Groups (8+) $38
- Industry* $35
- Under 30* $30
- Preview $30
*Available for 11am performances on Wed and 8pm performances on Tue, Wed & Thu only
A $2 booking fee applies per ticket for online and phone bookings. Subscriptions do not incur a booking fee.