THE NATIONAL tour of The Original Theatre Company’s major revival of Frederick Knott’s gripping thriller Wait Until Dark plays at York Theatre Royal from 21-25 November.

Directed by Alastair Whatley, the production stars Jack Ellis as Mike, Karina Jones as Susy and Oliver Mellor as Sam Henderson.

Set amidst the social turbulence of 1960s London, the play follows the story of Susy, a blind woman who, left alone in her apartment, becomes the victim of an elaborate scam hatched by a group of conmen. Susy is left to fend for herself, and eventually finds a way to turn the tables on the conmen and give them a taste of life in the dark.

Frederick Knott, best known for writing Dial M For Murder, wrote Wait Until Dark in 1966. Audrey Hepburn starred in the 1967 film adaptation, for which she was nominated for both the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Actress. The film is often ranked as one of the top 100 scariest films of all time.

Jack Ellis is best known for starring as Jim Fenner in ITV drama Bad Girls and played regular Harry Mason in Coronation Street from 2007 to 2008. Karina Jones has an extensive range of theatre, TV and radio credits to her name and is an international aerial circus performer and trained belly dancer.

Oliver Mellor is best known for playing the role of Dr Matt Carter in Coronation Street from 2010 to 2013. Oliver also played Walter MacMurray in Father Brown (BBC 1) and Julian Woodley in Midsomer Murders (ITV 1). The cast also features Shannon Rewcroft, who comes from Scarborough. Since leaving drama school in 2014 she has worked professionally mainly in theatre including the national tour of Shadowlands, The Accrington Pals and A Christmas Treasure Island at Hull Truck Theatre.

Graeme Brookes (Croker) has just finished playing Alan in The Original Theatre Company’s production of Invincible in New York City, as part of the Brits Off Broadway festival, and on tour in the UK. Tim Treloar (Roat) most recently played Teddy in House and Garden at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury.

Wait Until Dark is at the York Theatre Royal main house, from Tuesday 21 to Saturday, November 25, For tickets contact the box office on 01904 623568 or go to