Hitchcock Blonde Opens in West End

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The June 25 press night of Terry Johnson's Hitchcock Blonde was a major theatrical event. Along with the usual clutch of theatre journalists were many of the West End's leading figures, including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Adam Kenwright and Kevin Wallace — the latter is the man bringing the musical of The Lord of the Rings to the West End stage in 2005.

That it was more a case of producers in the stalls rather than the usual celebrity actors was a tribute to Johnson's play, which combines his trademark comic writing with Hitchcockian suspense and William Dudley's state-of-the-art designs.

Dudley's video projections (seen to great effect in the Tom Stoppard trilogy The Coast of Utopia at the National Theatre last year) were a highly effective, atmospheric, part of the play's design.

Re-creating their performances at the Royal Court, where the show was initially launched, were William Hootkins as Alfred Hitchcock, Rosamund Pike as The Blonde, David Haig as a film expert and Fiona Glascott as his student, along with Owen McDonnell as The Blonde's violent but ultimately put-upon husband.

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