Timeless classic that left the audience enthralled

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Rebecca - Thornton Little Theatre

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again”…….one of the great opening lines in English fiction, from Daphne Du Maurier’s world famous novel, Rebecca.

In one stroke, the author establishes the voice and dream-like atmosphere of the story and the Windmill Players depict this beautifully with an eerie opening scene encompassing clouds, seagulls’ calls and crashing waves, transporting the audience immediately to a tale full of tension and suspense.

The story takes place in the hall of Manderley, home of Maxim de Winter in 1927. After the death of his beautiful wife Rebecca, Maxim de Winter meets and marries a quiet young woman and takes her back to his family home in Cornwall.

But will the memory of Rebecca destroy the new marriage?

Playing the second Mrs de Winter with simplicity and honesty is Emma Kerr, alongside her real life husband, Joe Kerr, as troubled Maxim de Winter. There were quality performances from all the supporting cast, notably Anne Lloyd Jones as deliciously likeable Beatrice Lacy and Marc Adams as Jack Favell. There were plenty of boos and undertones for the obsessive housekeeper Mrs Danvers, played by Betty Horrocks.

The period set was of the usual high Windmill standard and the final fiery scene held everyone’s attention. This is a timeless classic, adapted by Clifford Williams, which the opening night audience thoroughly enjoyed. “And the ashes blew towards us with the salt wind from the sea.”

Directed by Angela Hudson, the play runs nightly until Saturday at 7.30pm.

Tickets available on (01253) 824349