YOU’VE read the novel, you’ve watched the movie, now see the stage play.
Misery was a huge, award-winning hit for writer Stephen King so there’s little wonder that this dark story was transferred to the big screen.
But when Simon Moore adapted it for the theatre, it proved to work just as well on stage and in Huddersfield Thespians’ hands, it should prove to be quite a thriller.
For as director Lawrence Barker points out, what better venue for this chilling tale than the intimate, atmospheric confine of the Lawrence Batley Theatre’s Cellar space.
The show opens on Tuesday and performances run every evening until Saturday at 7.15pm. There is also a Saturday matinee at 2pm.
For those who haven’t read Stephen King’s novel, it centres on Paul Sheldon, a writer who spends each winter in Colorado creating another novel featuring his heroine Misery Chastain.
After finishing his latest book, Paul has an accident in his car and is rescued by a trained nurse who takes him to a farmhouse and takes care of him.
But is she his salvation or the beginning of a nightmare.
For the woman, Annie Wilkes, is a fan of Misery Chastain and when she discovers Paul’s new book is not about her the terror begins.
“I was really keen to do it,” said Lawrence. “When I went back to the novel, the characters are much thicker and deeper than in the film.
“I’m always looking for things where I can express my thoughts through the characters.
“Once after I’d worked out how we could stage it, it’s gone very well. I’m very pleased with it.
“I didn’t want to go gory. After a while, screaming and shouting doesn’t work. You have to be more subtle with the psychology of things than that.”
So expect a real chiller of a thriller from the Thespian team which sees the society’s president Steve Marsden playing Paul Sheldon and Julie Amos as Annie Wilkes.
Lawrence has been with the Thespians since the Seventies and has long been one of its most admired actors. These days he is enjoying directing.
“I’ve played with the thespians on and off since 1974. That’s a lot of shows. I would still but the work involved in learning lines becomes harder.
“I’m enjoying directing. I love it. You get all the fun and none of the work. The actors have the graft of learning the lines but I’ve had the play for several months and it’s been great fun.”
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