When Tudor Players put on the amateur premiere of Ira Levin’s classic thriller, Deathtrap, in 1984 Roger Bingham played the young would-be-playwright in his last appearance before turning professional.
He has remained a social member of Tudor throughout the last 30 years, latterly handling their publicity, and is now president of the company.
Now he has been tempted to step back on stage for Tudor and play the other leading role, that of playwright Sidney Bruhl, while working around his other professional commitments.
His theatre work has ranged from the National Theatre, the West End and 18 national tours to working closer to home with Sheffield’s Reform Theatre and Cotton Grass Theatre in the Peak District. He has more than 80 screen credits, the latest being another episode of Doctors for the BBC in April.
Playing the young Clifford Anderson this time around is John Moran, a Tudor regular since 2005, seen last year in Calendar Girls and as a stiff-upper-lipped Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps,
The three other cast members are Andrea Howard as Myra Bruhl, Judith Wade as Helga ten Dorp (both last seen in Calendar Girls) and Kevin Cheeswright (who played the conductor in Brassed Off) as Porter Milgrim. Directing is Peter Howard, chairman of Tudor Players,
In Deathtrap Broadway playwright Sidney Bruhl puts murder into a plan to take credit for student Clifford Anderson’s script but the younger man is not as naive as he thinks. The plot twists and turns as it plays with the conventions of thrillers and horror stories.
Deathtrap is at the Library Theatre, Tudor Square, from Tuesday to Saturday. Tudor Players’ next production is Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee in October.