A Mercury Production, directed by Anthony Banks and produced in association with Simon Friend Entertainment

Blackmail - a black and white image of a woman walking through the Thames, in the background is a smoky London skyline, she wears a red dress - the only part of the image that's coloured.
Show Information
Showing on:
Sat 19 March 2022
Approx. 1hr 55mins, incl. interval
Mercury Theatre
Age Guidance:

By Charles Bennett in a new version by Mark Ravenhill

I find myself the third corner in this unusual triangle. The only person in London who is in a position to inform the waiting world just who was responsible for that violent death. And just who concealed the evidence.

Who has murdered a famous artist in his Chelsea studio? Who removed a vital clue from the scene of the crime?

Blackmailer Ian Tracy thinks he knows the answers and that shop worker Alice and her policeman fiancée Harold are the perfect victims. Alice’s fearsome mother Ada is determined to find out the truth. A long night of secrets and lies awaits them all and before morning comes, one of them will be dead.

Charles Bennett’s smash hit play, adapted for the screen by Alfred Hitchcock, is back in a new version by acclaimed playwright Mark Ravenhill, bringing a modern eye to the twists and turns of a classic thriller.

Content Warning

This show displays strong and emotive themes throughout. We’ve prepared a trigger and content warning document for you to read if you think you may be affected. Please click here for a full plot summary and content warning. Please be aware this document includes multiple spoilers.

Post-show Q&A

Join us after the 7.30pm performance on Tue 15 Mar for a 30 minute post-show Q&A session.

Teacher’s Resource Pack

Click here to download our resource pack for teachers


Gabriel Akuwudike

Harold Webber

Jessie Hills

Alice Jarvis

Patrick Walshe McBride

Ian Tracy

Lucy Speed

Ada Jarvis


Mark Ravenhill – Writer
Anthony Banks – Director
David Woodhead – Designer
Howard Hudson – Lighting Designer
Ben and Max Ringham – Sound Designers
Alison de Burgh – Fight Director
Helena Palmer – Casting Director
Michael Cottrell – Assistant Director
Arielle Smith – Choreographer

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