Alfred Hitchcock story coming to Hatfield stage

PUBLISHED: 11:08 24 November 2013 | UPDATED: 11:08 24 November 2013

The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock plays at The Weston Auditorium in Hatfield

The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock plays at The Weston Auditorium in Hatfield

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THE story of acclaimed film director Alfred Hitchcock is coming to the stage in Hatfield.

The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock plays at The Weston Auditorium in HatfieldThe Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock plays at The Weston Auditorium in Hatfield

Alfred Hitchcock was one of the greatest film directors of all time.

And a new poetic play about the Master of Suspense can be seen in Hatfield this week.

New Perspectives Theatre Company presents a stage production about Hitchcock at The Weston Auditorium, on the University of Hertfordshire’s de Havilland Campus, on Wednesday.

Adapted from David Rudkin’s award-winning radio play, The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock takes a look at the way the great filmmaker developed the ideas of his most famous movies, including Marnie, Vertigo, Psycho and Strangers on a Train.

The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock, about the Master of Suspense, plays at The Weston Auditorium in HatfieldThe Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock, about the Master of Suspense, plays at The Weston Auditorium in Hatfield

The result is a unique and haunting character study and an unprecedented journey into the mind of one of the UK’s most fascinating cultural icons.

Hitchcock, at the height of his powers, is possessed by a dreamlike vision of a woman.

From his director’s chair, the 60-year-old Hitchcock begins to unravel some of the defining films of our time, drawing us into the imagination of one of the world’s most mysterious creative minds.

The first half of the play explores Hitchcock’s childhood memories of his mother, the strict Jesuit priests who schooled him and the pranks he played as a schoolboy.

The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock, about the Master of Suspense, plays at The Weston Auditorium in HatfieldThe Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock, about the Master of Suspense, plays at The Weston Auditorium in Hatfield

The second half explores his later life, including conversations with screen writers, the feelings of guilt towards his faithful wife and his earliest feelings of love.

Martin Miller leads the cast as the ‘Master of Suspense’ Alfred Hitchcock.

Playing his wife, Alma, and also his mother, Emma, is Roberta Kerr, who is probably best known for playing Wendy Crozier in Coronation Street.

Completing the company are Anthony Wise and Tom McHugh.

The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock takes place at The Weston Auditorium on Wednesday, November 27, at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £10 adults, £8 concessions and £6 children, and can be purchased from the UHArts box office on 01707 281127 or online at www.herts.ac.uk/artsandgalleries

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