The Tell-Tale Heart is a twisted, graphic and darkly-comic treat.
A young playwright rents an attic flat in Brighton, hoping it will break the writer’s block that’s preventing her from following up on her wildly successful debut. Whilst there, she forms a relationship with her landlady, a lonely young woman with a life-altering condition.
But pressure mounts on the writer, and her relationship with the landlady becomes ever-more suffocating.
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Renowned for his ground-breaking work, Anthony Neilson (The Prudes, Unreachable, The Wonderful World of Dissocia) makes his National Theatre debut with this contemporary reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale of a haunted conscience.
Festive fun of the most delectably terrifying kind
In act two he deconstructs and deconstructs, piling on more and more plot twists until they loose any power to shock
It's all skilfully done, funny and frightening by turns
Poe story becomes brilliantly creepy stage shocker
It’s a little crazy and crude, but, despite the occasional relapses into self-reference, Anthony Neilson’s story works
If the show doesn’t seem to have any decipherable hinterland, at least the land itself affords an exhilarating hike
Anthony Neilson’s very funny, very gory Edgar Allan Poe adaptation is a hoot
Deliciously destabilising drama is a tale worth telling
Enjoyably schlocky adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's macabre short story