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29 August–2 September 2017

Richard Williamson and CliMar Productions

Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story

Directed by Guy Retallack

Music: Stephen Dolginoff   |  Words: Stephen Dolginoff

The Lindbergh Kidnapping. O.J. Simpson. The Great Train Robbery. Many events have been dubbed the crime of the twentieth century, but few surpass the menace of the ‘Thrill Killers’, Leopold and Loeb.

In Chicago, 1924, two college kids sign a contract in blood. Nietzsche-obsessed Loeb has a serious superiority complex – he’s a ‘Superman’, above the constraints of good and evil. Leopold is a loner and a willing accomplice, craving his partner’s time, attention and conditional love. Can they perpetrate the perfect crime?

This multi-award-winning, five-star production returns to London for five performances at Grimeborn, complete with the original UK creative team.

★★★★★ Intelligent, atmospheric and haunting... A gleaming gem.
—Sunday Telegraph
★★★★★ Take our advice and give yourself a break from all the sickeningly upbeat family-friendly fun currently inundating the West End. We certainly left feeling suitably thrilled.
—Gay Times
★★★★ Thrilling indeed
—Evening Standard
★★★★ Creepy and compelling
—The Stage
★★★★★ Remarkable ... Rare combination of a fine musical and intense drama
—Broadway Baby
★★★★★ Theatrical masterpiece ... spellbinding and beautifully crafted
—Mumble Theatre
★★★★★ Superbly scripted ... simply spine-tingling
—Musical Theatre Review
★★★★★ Dark and disturbing ... chilling
—Southside Advertiser
★★★★ Fantastic production ... taking the audience on a journey of love, mystery, murder and deceit.
—Pocket Size Theatre
★★★★★ A very strong production that leaves its mark on you long after its over.
—Broadway World
★★★★★ Powerful, mesmerising and appropriately disturbing
—UK Theatre Network
★★★★★ Truly excellent
—One 4 Review


Harry Downes

Nathan Leopold

Ellis Dackombe

Richard Loeb


Stephen Dolginoff


Stephen Dolginoff


Guy Retallack

Musical Direction

Kris Rawlinson


James Turner

Lighting Design

Richard Williamson

Sound Design

Peter Russell

Production Manager

Richard Williamson

Stage Manager

Andie Dew
Best £22
Standard £20
Value £16
Restricted £12

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Tuesday - Saturday 7.30pm
No matinee performances

Live music, performed in English

Group /school rates (for 10+ people) available. Contact Box Office »

Running time: 85 minutes approximately .

This production contains:

Suitable for 12+
24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
020 7503 1646

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Arcola Theatre Production Company is a registered charity no.1108613. Registered as a company limited by guarantee in England no.5242988. Registered Office: 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL.

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