PETER COLLEY Playwright-Screenwriter
WHAT THE BRITISH PRESS SAID
I'LL BE BACK BEFORE MIDNIGHT!
Production History: Britain’s Salisbury
Playhouse produced the British premiere, and later “Midnight” was
toured all across Britain by The Century Theatre. There have also
been UK national tours in 2004 and 2005. Ian Dickens
Productions, the largest UK producer of touring plays (300+ productions),
announced that the 2005 tour broke the company's box office records (NOTE:
The UK version of the script is slightly different from
the North American version).
It has been produced at Britain’s historic Theatre Royal, Windsor, starring Dennis Waterman, star of the British TV series “Minder” and “The Sweeney”, and many other professional theatres across the country including Theatre Royal Winchester, The Grand Swansea, Theatre Royal Margate, The Darlington Civic, The Octagon Theatre Yeovil, The Pomegranate Theatre Chesterfield, The Marina Theatre Lowestoft, The Palace Theatre Westcliff, The Middlesborough Theatre, The Joan Plowright Theatre and many others. To see reviews of the recent production at the Oldham Coliseum (Near Manchester) click here. In 2013 at the beautiful "Mill At Sonning Theatre" nestled on a scenic part of The Thames near London.
TO READ THE MILL AT SONNING REVIEWS AND SEE PHOTOS CLICK HERE
"Ghostly goings-on gripped the audience... somebody behind me screamed in fear and all of us were on the edge of our seats, but there were lots of laughs to ease the tension. I was absolutely petrified... brilliant scary effects... superb throughout." Sue Butterfield - The Telegraph
"Combining spine-chilling terror with laugh-out-loud comedy is no mean feat, and yet I'll Be Back At Midnight aims to have the audience jumping out of their seats with fear one minute and howling with laughter the next." The Argus
the Aldeburgh and Southwold Theatres: "This
is a top-rate thriller that has the audience of the edge of their seats from the
opening scene to the superb climax.
The play, although a tense thriller, has many moments of comedy which
help relieve the tension and add to the enjoyment. One
minute the audience is laughing out loud and the next it is gasping at moments
of shock-horror as the plot unfolds... it has all the ingredients needed by a
tense thriller and the way the suspense builds and builds is simply tremendous."
David Lennard - East Anglian Daily Times
The Grand Swansea 2005
Theatre Royal Windsor
Theatre Royal Winchester 2005
|"A CLASSIC OF ITS
KIND!" “I'll Be Back Before Midnight!” will
probably become a classic of its kind. It has all the Gothic horror
ingredients - but they are strung together with a clever blend of comedy
and horror that alternatively sustain and lift the tension... (it) is
beautifully orchestrated and meticulously timed as the audience is shot
from one heart-stopping moment to the next. This is the best thing of its
kind I have seen... and the audience thought it was a scream in both
senses of the word."
Philip Andrews - Sheffield Star
"THE WHOLE AUDIENCE JUMPED
OUT OF THEIR SEATS!"
Rod Hancox - Taunton
THRILLER A MUST!"
CC - Taunton
H. M. - The Henley Standard
"A SUPERB NIGHT
Debbie Parker - Rotherham Advertiser
CREEPIEST THRILLER FOR MANY A YEAR!"
"This riotous drama, straight from the Steven Spielberg guide to good adventure, is full of creaks, shrieks, and squeals... Peter Colley's play is packed with theatrical tricks, from the unearthly music to eerily appearing hands, yet leaves everything nicely balanced... full of earthy humour and home-spun philosophy... "I'll Be Back Before Midnight!" is the funniest, creepiest thriller for many a year... It keeps chiming out the chills until Saturday. Clock it if you can!"
Keith Newton - Middlesborough
"EVENING OF ENJOYABLE FEAR
HAS AUDIENCE ON THE EDGE OF SEATS"
EP - Maidenhead Advertiser
"THE FRIGHT OF YOUR
Frank Terry - The Chronicle
"A gripping drama with plenty of twists and turns right up to the final climax."
Newsquest Media Group
Salisbury Playhouse, England
Theatre Royal Margate 2005
FROM THE 2004 / 2005 NATIONAL TOUR OF BRITAIN:
"A superb example of what professional theatre is all
about. I was less on the edge
of my seat than hiding behind it. The
plot twists and turns and takes your stomach with it, leaving your nerves
thoroughly knotted... highly recommended!"
"For thrills and suspense Midnight is difficult to fault
- I'd be lying if I said I wasn't gripped by every unpredictable twist in
the narrative from start to finish. There
were chills, mystery and jumps aplenty."
"There were times when you felt that your hair stand up
on the back of your neck. I
physically jumped at least twice and cried out once."
Eastern Daily Press
"Think it's impossible to be scared in the safe
environment of the theatre? Well
think again. Midnight can
rival any film for spine-chilling twists and turns.
The audience was perched in fear on the edge of our seats - quite
literally. Just when you
think you've guessed what's going on, you find the goalposts have been
moved again. Scared?
You certainly will be."
The Guide, Peterborough
Darlington Civic 2004
Devonshire Park 2005
From Cambridge Theatre (2007): "A ridiculously enjoyable blockbuster of a show. This critically acclaimed and much-loved thriller is jump-out-of-your-seat scary and laugh-out-of-your-face hilarious. Scream, laugh, scream, laugh, grab your companion's chest in terror. That's what you'll be doing." ACTS Cambridge
The world famous Cambridge Footlights (Monty Python, Beyond The Fringe, Borat) produced I'LL BE BACK BEFORE MIDNIGHT in 2007. For details click here.
To read recent Coliseum Theatre, Manchester, reviews CLICK HERE
CLICK ON THE THUMBNAILS BELOW TO SEE LARGER REVIEWS
Caxton Theatre, UK, 2009 Cheltenham, UK, 2010
Harrogate Theatre 2014
British version of this script available from:
Samuel French Ltd.
52 Fitzroy Street, London W1P 6JR Tel: (44207) 387-9373 Fax: (44207) 387-2161
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