Hitchcock Blonde

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Previewed 27 March 2003, opened 4 April 2003, closed 24 May 2003 at the Royal Court Theatre in London
Transferred previewed 16 June 2003, opened 25 June 2003, closed 20 September 2003 at the Lyric Theatre in London

Hitchcock Blonde is not a play about Alfred Hitchcock. But he may however make a cameo appearance. The Blonde will remain anonymous, which is a clue.

After a successful season at the Royal Court Theatre, this production transfers to the Lyric Theatre. Written and Directed by the award-winning playwright and director Terry Johnson. His previous credits include Dead Funny (writer and director), Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick (writer and director) and The Graduate (adapter and director). He has won two Olivier Awards for 'Best Comedy'.

"Playwright Terry Johnson's penchant for summoning the dead borders on the necrophiliac. We've had Freud and Marilyn Monroe, Benny Hill and Frankie Howerd, and most recently Sid James and Kenneth Williams in Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle And Dick, when the Carry-On movie genre also came under scrutiny. Johnson's preoccupations are clear: stars, sex, celluloid and humour. They come together with a vengeance in Hitchcock Blonde, which features another larger-than- life legend, the movie-director, gourmand and oddball, Alfred Hitchcock... While the play fails to solve the riddle of Hitchcock's obsession with blondes, it does raise interesting ideas about voyeurism. But the real thrill of this well-acted production is the look of it. It unravels in front of a huge reel of 35mm film, and is filled with moviemaking paraphernalia of the time and a fabulously evocative Hitchcockesque score. Nevertheless, it is too clever by half, too long and rather less than a sum of its complicated parts." The Mail on Sunday (Royal Court Theatre)

"The play is not a biography but a biographical fantasy: it stakes out its territory over only a part of Hitchcock's work and only one of its aspects, but that aspect is central and crucial. Some of his greatest films derive their psychological energy less from the whodunnit/whydunnit tension of the thriller than from the deliciously sadistic spectacle of cool, blonde, beautiful, self-possessed women in the cauldron of terror. Their vulnerability is like the director's wishful thinking expressed in meticulously constructed images... Watch the way the sets change like whirling dissolves on a screen. Dudley has brilliantly combined the mobility and precision of film with the solidity and impressionism of the theatre. This is a dazzling play, funny, cruel, subtly but brutally intelligent. Sometimes it skirts improbability, but Johnson always pulls back in time. There are few things more thrilling and eloquent than a writer of the first rank revealing the hidden but necessary dangers of his art." The Sunday Times (Royal Court Theatre)

Hitchcock Blonde in London at the Lyric Theatre previewed from 16 June 2003, opened on 25 June 2003 and closed on 20 September 2003.