The cast of The Murder in the Dark


Tue 6 - Sat 10 February 2024
Tickets £20-£40*

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A spine-chilling ghost story, turned psychological thriller starring TV and stage favourites Tom Chambers (Holby City, Casualty, Waterloo Road, Father Brown and Strictly Come Dancing champion) and Susie Blake (Victoria Wood’s As Seen on TV).

What happens when the lights go out? It’s New Year’s Eve, when a car crash on a deserted road brings famous but troubled singer Danny Sierra and his dysfunctional family to an isolated holiday cottage in rural England.

From the moment they arrive, a sequence of inexplicable events begin to occur... and then the lights go out... As the tension rises and deeply buried secrets come to light, you’ll find nothing is quite as it seems.

From the mind of acclaimed writer Torben Betts and produced by the award-winning Original Theatre, who brought you the smash hit production of The Mirror Crack’d by Agatha Christie, Murder in the Dark will have you on the edge of your seats until the final chilling twist.

Are you brave enough to uncover the truth? Book your tickets and join us for a theatrical experience like no other. Cast includes Rebecca Charles (The Dresser), Jonny Green (It’s a Sin), Owen Oakeshott (Witness for the Prosecution) and Laura White (Doctors).

Photography by Pamela Raith. 

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Running Time

Approximately 2 hours including an interval


Tuesday - Saturday, 7.30pm
and Thursday & Saturday, 2.30pm

*All ticket prices include a £3 per ticket booking fee

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Tom Chambers Head Shot
Tom Chambers (Danny)

Tom Chambers known to millions for his role as Sam Strachan in the BBC medical dramas Holby City and Casualty, Max Tyler in BBC drama series Waterloo Road and Inspector Sullivan in Father Brown. He also won the sixth series of Strictly Come Dancing with his partner Camilla Dallerup

Tom attended the National Youth Music Theatre and Guildford School of Acting. He has starred opposite Matthew Rhys and Kate Ashfield in the British film Fakers and Jim Broadbent in The Great Train Robbery. 

He originated the role of Jerry Travers in the UK production of Top Hat which transferred to the West End and earned him a Olivier Nomination. He went on to star in a number of musicals and plays including White Christmas, Elf and Dial M for Murder and is currently filming the 11th season of Father Brown in the Cotswolds.

For Original Theatre: Apollo 13: The Dark Side of the Moon.

Theatre: includes Dial M For Murder (UK Tour); Crazy For You (Watermill Theatre & UK Tour); Stepping Out (Electric Theatre GSA); Private Lives (UK Tour); White Christmas (Dominion Theatre, London); Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre); White Christmas (Sunderland Empire); Bloody Poetry (Brockley Jack Theatre); Pendragon Pellinore (City Theatre New York / Sadler’s Wells); October’s Children (NYMT / Hammersmith Lyric); Cyrano De Bergerac (Derby Rep Theatre); Macbeth (Derby Rep Theatre); Damn Yankees (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre); The Innocents (Derby Playhouse); The Rover (Young Vic Studio); Journey’s End (Courtyard Theatre) and Blue Remembered Hills (Courtyard Theatre).

Television: includes Father Brown (BBC Studios); Midsomer Murders (Bentley Productions, ITV); Emmerdale (Yorkshire Television); Casualty (BBC); The Great Train Robbery (World Productions); Waterloo Road (Shed Productions); Elizabeth The Virgin Queen (BBC); The Afternoon Play: The Last Will And Testament of Billy Two Sheds (BBC) and Holby City (BBC)

Film: includes Meet Pursuit Delange: The Movie and Fakers.

Performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth at The Royal Albert Hall and has worked with Magic FM on Mellow Magic and Magic at the Musicals

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Susie Blake (Mrs. Bateman)

For Original Theatre: Agatha Christie’s The Mirror Crack’d.

Theatre: includes Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical (Dominion Theatre & Hall for Cornwall); My Fair Lady (Grange Festival); Some Mothers Do Av Em (UK Tour); Murder Margaret and Me (York Theatre Royal); Grumpy Old Women Live 3 (UK Tour); Cider with Rosie (UK Tour); Aladdin (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest A New Musical (Riverside Studios); When We Are Married (Garrick Theatre); Pygmalion (Chichester Festival Theatre); Grumpy Old Women Live 2 (UK Tour and Novello Theatre); Boeing, Boeing (on Tour); Snake in the Grass and Life and Beth (Stephen Joseph Theatre and on Tour); Wicked  (Apollo Victoria); High Society (UK Tour); Noises Off  (National Theatre); A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum (Regents Park Theatre); Virtual Reality (Stephen Joseph Theatre); The Shakespeare Theatre); Virtual Reality  (Stephen Joseph Theatre); The Shakespeare Revue (RSC); Absent Friends  (West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Lyric, Hammersmith); Prin (Lyric, Hammersmith) and Blithe Spirit (Royal Exchange).

Television: includes Silky Hotel (BBC iPlayer); Kate & Koji (Series 1&2, ITV); Not Going Out (BBC One); The Real Marigold Hotel (BBC One); Casualty (BBC One); Murder on the Blackpool Express (UKTV); The Cockfields (BBC); Cuckoo (Series 3); New Tricks (BBC); You, Me and Them (UKTV Gold); Murder on the Homefront (Carnival Film and Television); Mrs Brown’s Boys (Series 3&2, for BBC); Beverley Unwin Coronation Street (ITV); Great Night Out (ITV); Parents (Sky); The Crossing (BBC); House of Rooms (Channel 4); Doctors (BBC); Wild At Heart (ITV); Roger (BBC); Sunburn (BBC); A Prince Among Men (BBC); April Fools’ Day (ITV); Eleven Men Against Eleven (Channel 4); Wake up with... (ITV); A Year in Provence (BBC); The Wail of The Banshee (Central TV); The Darling Buds Of May (YTV); Blore (BBC 4); 4 Series of Singles (YTV) and The Victoria Wood Show (BBC).

Film: includes Nativity 3 and Fierce Creatures with John Cleese.

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Rebecca Charles (Rebecca)

Theatre: includes Rebus – A Game Called Malice (Queen’s Theatre); The Dresser (Theatre Royal Bath); The Gift (Eclipse Theatre); Abigail’s Party (Hull Truck); An Ideal Husband (Vaudeville Theatre); The Graduate (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Father (Duke of York’s/Wyndham’s/Tricycle/Theatre Royal Bath); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Salisbury Playhouse); The Old Country (English Touring Theatre/Trafalgar Studios); Julius Caesar, (Barbican and Tour); Great Expectations (Manchester Royal Exchange); Boston Marriage (Bolton Octagon); Just Between Ourselves (Salisbury Playhouse); Uncle Vanya (The Wrestling School / Hebble Theatre Berlin); The Norman Conquests (Salisbury Playhouse); Richard III (Derby Playhouse); The Castle (The Wrestling School); The Importance of Being Earnest (Derby Playhouse); Hated Nightfall (Tour and Royal Court); The Recruiting Officer, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh); Cyrano de Bergerac (Haymarket Theatre); Blithe Spirit  (Harrogate Theatre); Wicked Old Man (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Peter Pan (Theatr Clywd); Boston Story (The Mill at Sonning);  A Pin to See the Peepshow (Redgrave Theatre and Tour) and Mrs Dot (Palace Theatre, Watford).

Television: includes We Hunt Together, Casualty, EastEnders, Homefront, Doctors, Midsomer Murders, Heartbeat, The Office, Hear the Silence, Foyle’s War, People Like Us, The Bill, The Peter Principle, Jonathan Creek, Over Here, Jewels, The House of Eliott, Fatal Inversion, The Alleyn Mysteries – Artists in Crime.

Film: includes The Heart of Me, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Shakespeare in Love, Mrs Brown.

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Johnny Green (Jake)

Jonny Green is a British actor who trained at the highly prestigious Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

Television: Count Abdulla (ITVX); It’s A Sin (Channel 4) which was nominated for 11 BAFTA Awards and White Lines (Netflix).

Theatre: Digging Deep (The Vaults).

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Owen Oakeshott (William)

Theatre: includes Witness for the Prosecution (London County Hall); Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Guildford Shakespeare Company); A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Wars of the Roses (Rose Theatre Kingston); Hedda (Palimpsest); In The Next Room (The Vibrator Play) (St James Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Ludlow Festival); Kalashnikov (Pursued By A Bear); Slaves (Theatre 503); Market Boy, The Royal Hunt of the Sun (National Theatre); Antony and Cleopatra, TigerTail (Nuffield Theatre); Desire Under The Elms (New Vic); Roots (Manchester Royal Exchange); Copenhagen (Royal Lyceum); Way Upstream (Derby Playhouse); Antony and Cleopatra, Timon of Athens, The General from America, Henry VI parts 1, 2 and 3, Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company); The Iceman Cometh (Almeida Theatre) and An Inspector Calls (West End)

Television: includes House of the Dragon, Outlander, You Me & Them, Doctors, Trial & Retribution, Dream Team, Spooks, Armadillo, Bad Girls, In the Name of Love, Family Affairs, The Bill, Birds of a Feather and The Professionals.

Film: includes The Upside of Anger, She’s Gone, Hedda.

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Laura White (Sarah)

Laura graduated from Guildford School of Acting in 2017.

Theatre: includes Home Girl (Derby Theatre); The Play That Goes Wrong (UK Tour); C-O-N-T-A-C-T and The Play That Goes Wrong (West End).

Television: includes Silent Witness, Doctors, Big Age and Lazy Susan.

Film: includes The Colour Room.

Sasha Brooks (Ensemble)

Murder in the Dark marks Sasha’s professional debut.

Sasha graduated with a BA in English from Cambridge University, where she wrote, directed and performed in numerous Footlights, Marlowe Society and Edinburgh Fringe shows. After university, Sasha became a member of the National Youth Theatre, before going to France for two years to train at École Philippe Gaulier. Sasha completed her actor training at the Oxford School of Drama in 2022.

Credits whilst training include: Sally in Footlights presents SCOFF (ADC Theatre), Mariana in Measure for Measure (Cambridge Arts Theatre), Spoonface in Spoonface Steinberg (Edinburgh Fringe), Nora in A Doll’s House (Oxford School of Drama), Yerma in Yerma (Oxford School of Drama), Becky in Sea Things (Southwark Playhouse).

Torben Betts (Writer)

For Original Theatre: Apollo 13: The Dark Side of the Moon (Original Theatre Online); Caroline’s Kitchen (Park Theatre, UK tour & Brits-off-Broadway); Invincible (UK tour & Brits-off-Broadway).

Theatre: includes The National Joke (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); Invincible (Orange Tree Theatre and St James Theatre, London, Brits-off-Broadway); What Falls Apart (Live Theatre, Newcastle); Get Carter (Northern Stage); The Seagull (Regent’s Park Open Air); A Listening Heaven (Edinburgh Royal Lyceum, nominated as TMA Best New Play 2001); The Unconquered (Traverse/Tron/Brits-off-Broadway/UK tour, winner of Best New Play at the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland,  2007); Muswell Hill (Orange Tree Theatre and Park Theatre, London); The Company Man (Orange Tree Theatre); It Never Happened (Arts Educational); Eight Little Criminals; The Illusion of Time; Nobody Wants to Kill You (all at the Playground Theatre, London); The Error of their Ways (HERE Arts Center, New York/Cockpit Theatre, London); Lie of the Land (Arcola Theatre, London/Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh); The Swing of Things; Her Slightest Touch (both Stephen Joseph Theatre); Incarcerator (Battersea Arts Centre, London); The Lunatic Queen (Riverside Studios, London); Five Visions of the Faithful (Edinburgh Festival Theatre); Clockwatching (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond and Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); The Biggleswades (Southwark Playhouse), Silence and Violence (White Bear Theatre, London).

Film: Invincible (Vince Films); Downhill (Crisis Films) and Guillemot (Full Effect).

Speculations (his play about the unexplained deaths of Marilyn Monroe, Lee Harvey Oswald and Dorothy Kilgallen) is to be directed in 2024 by Sir Trevor Nunn and will star Janie Dee.

His plays have been performed around the world and to date have been translated into Spanish, French, German, Finnish, Czech, Polish, Slovakian, Greek, Russian and Portuguese.

Philip Franks (Director)

Philip is an actor and director.

For Original Theatre he has directed: The Mirror Crack’d, The Habit of Art and The Croft.

For Original Online: A Cold Supper Behind Harrods, Barnes’ People and The Haunting of Alice Bowles, which he also wrote. As an actor with Original Theatre and he appeared in Apollo 13: The Dark Side of the Moon and Flare Path. He has directed over sixty plays, in the West End, at the National Theatre, the Chichester Festival Theatre and in most major theatres in the UK.

He has also directed many plays for BBC radio, most recently his own adaptation of the Machine Stops by E M Forster. Philip has been an actor for over forty years, on stage, TV, film, radio and the concert platform. Most recently he has been capering about in fishnets and high heels in The Rocky Horror Show.

Simon Kenny (Designer)

Musical theatre: includes The Lord Of The Rings; Whistle Down The Wind (Watermill); The Lion (Southwark Playhouse/Arizona Theatre Company); The Light in the Piazza (Royal Academy of Music); The Wiz (Hope Mill); Ghost Quartet (Boulevard Theatre); Assassins (Watermill/Nottingham Playhouse); the multi award-winning Sweeney Todd in a purpose-built pie shop (West End/Off-Broadway, Drama Desk nomination – Outstanding Set Design of a Musical); The Selfish Giant, a folk opera by Guy Chambers (West End); Cabaret (English Theatre Frankfurt); The World Goes Round (Stephen Joseph Theatre);and Saturday Night Fever (Theatre Royal Bath/UK tour).

Theatre: includes The Real & Imagined History of the Elephant Man (Nottingham Playhouse); Family Tree (ATC); Duet For One (Orange Tree); Blue/Orange (Royal & Derngate Northampton); Nothello (Belgrade/Coventry City of Culture); The Art of Illusion, The Death of a Black Man (Hampstead); Footfalls & Rockaby (Jermyn Street); Antigone (Mercury Colchester); several UK tours for Eclipse including The Gift (Stratford East) and Black Men Walking (Royal Exchange); Crongton Knights, Noughts & Crosses (Pilot/UK tours); Red Dust Road (National Theatre of Scotland); Giraffes Can’t Dance (Curve); The Children (English Theatre Frankfurt); Holes (Nottingham Playhouse/UK tour); Broken Glass (Watford Palace); Babette’s Feast (The Print Room); Rose (HOME); Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe); Sleeping Beauty, The Ladykillers, Sleuth (Watermill); Ghosts (Theatr Clwyd); In The Next Room or the vibrator play, 4000 Miles (Ustinov Studio Bath); Island (National Theatre); and BORDER FORCE, an immersive installation/performance/club event for Duckie.

Opera: includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Le Nozze di Figaro (Nevill Holt Opera); Vivienne (Royal Opera House: Linbury); The Cunning Little Vixen and Háry János (Ryedale Festival).

Max Pappenheim (Sound Designer and Composer)

For Original Theatre: The Mirror Crack’d, A Splinter of Ice, Being Mr Wickham, The Habit of Art, Monogamy, Invincible and for Original Online The System, Barnes’ People, The Haunting of Alice Bowles.

Theatre: includes The Night of the Iguana, Cruise (West End); A Doll’s House Part 2, Assembly, The Way of the World (Donmar); The Children (Royal Court/Broadway); Ophelias Zimmer (Schaubühne, Berlin/Royal Court); The Fever Syndrome, Dry Powder, Sex with Strangers, Labyrinth (Hampstead); Old Bridge (Bush Theatre. Off West End Award for Sound Design, Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre); The Homecoming, My Cousin Rachel (Theatre Royal Bath/National Tour); Crooked Dances (Royal Shakespeare Company); The Cherry Orchard, A Kettle of Fish (Yard Theatre); Kan Yama Kan (Global Theatre, Riyadh); Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre); One Night in Miami (Nottingham Playhouse); Hogarth’s Progress (Rose Theatre Kingston); Waiting for Godot (Sheffield Crucible); The Ridiculous Darkness (Gate Theatre); Dragons and Mythical Beasts (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre/National Tour); Amsterdam, Humble Boy, Blue/Heart, The Distance (Orange Tree Theatre); The Gaul (Hull Truck); Jane Wenham (Out of Joint); My Eyes Went Dark (Traverse/59E59); CommonWealth (Almeida); Creve Coeur (Print Room); Cuzco, Wink (Theatre503); Secret Life of Humans, Switzerland, Spamalot, The Glass Menagerie (English Theatre of Frankfurt); Yellowfin, Kiki’s Delivery Service (Southwark Playhouse); Mrs Lowry and Son (Trafalgar Studios); Martine, Black Jesus, Somersaults (Finborough); Looking Good Dead, Teddy, Toast, Fabric(National Tours).

Online: includes 15 Heroines (Digital Theatre). Opera includes Miranda (Opéra Comique, Paris); Hansel and Gretel (BYO/Opera Holland Park); Bluebeard’s Castle (Theatre of Sound); Scraww (Trebah Gardens); Vixen (Vaults/International Tour) and Carmen: Remastered (ROH/Barbican).

Radio: includes Home Front (BBC Radio 4).

Associate Artist of the Faction and Silent Opera.


  • Five people dressed in dark suits and clothing sit around a dining table by candelight, whilst a woman in a red jumper serves them food
  • A man in a dark suit stands against a brick wall and wooden door, he is holding up a smartphone to use as a torch
  • A woman in a wax jacket and a knitted beanie hat is carrying a torch and a toolbox, she has her arm outstretched and looks shocked
  • A man in a black suit and a woman in a black evening dress are about to kiss
  • A man and woman in dark coats stand in the shadows with their arms around each other, they look frightened
  • Four people wearing dark suits and sunglasses lean over a cowering man who has his head in his hands, they are holding reporters' microphones


Watch the trailer here!

Audience reactions

  • 'Intense, fun and thrilling and not to be missed!'

  • 'A jarring, fatalistic, traumatising, riveting and unique new thriller'

  • 'This horror story unfolds itself with surprising twists and turns until all is revealed at the very end. Be prepared to jump out of your seat and laugh out loud at the turn of a penny! Be prepared for the unexpected!'

  • 'The stellar cast is a joy to watch.'

  • 'Murder In The Dark is a brilliant blend of psychological thriller, a hint of horror and impeccable storytelling'

  • 'A brilliant blend of psychological thriller, a hint of horror and impeccable storytelling.'

  • 'Director Philip Franks gleefully produces a combination of a ride on a ghost train (complete with shock-horror scares) and a grim episode of the TV series Black Mirror.'