In a retrospective on Canadian theatre in the Toronto Globe & Mail, I’LL BE BACK BEFORE MIDNIGHT! was called "probably the most produced Canadian play ever." It has had countless productions in Canada, the USA and Europe, placing the author among the top playwrights working in the mystery thriller genre today. The play is an exciting mixture of suspense and shocks, with just the right amount of comedy added. The author, Peter Colley, writes this about himself: “I have a certain sense of humour, a kind of tongue-in-cheek approach, if you like, that finds its way into my work. Comedy is very important. You have to walk a tightrope between suspense and comedy.” The story concerns a young woman, Jan, who is brought to a lonely farmhouse by her husband Greg to recover from a nervous breakdown. But frightening things start to happen almost as soon as they arrive. Then Greg’s sister, Laura, with whom he seems to have an unnaturally close relationship, appears unexpectedly. There is also George, the rather strange old farmer who lives nearby, with his tales of murders and ghosts in the neighbourhood. And then there are the flickering lights, the mysterious heartbeats, the hand at the window, the blood on the floor, the corpse in the hallway . . . a nightmare, with twist after twist.


Direction: Robert Rumpf

Set Design: Mathias Wardeck

Costume Design: Carmen Maria Salomon

Lighting and Sound: Justin Farrow and Ralf Junker

Stage Management: Rebecca Delmas

Fight Choreography: Paul Glaser

Set Design Assistant: René Ahnert

Music Supervision: Paul Glaser

London Casting: Gordon Griffin MBE

I'LL BE BACK BEFORE MIDNIGHT! is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD, London


Peter Colley is an award-winning Brithish/Canadian writer based in Los Angeles. His stage plays have been produced in 30 countries, 48 of the 50 states in the USA and every province in Canada. He was nominated for the 2000 Humanitas Prize for screenwriting and his award winning musical, CAGNEY, just completed a sell-out run in New York in January, 2017. From his start as one of the youngest playwrights ever produced at Canada's National Arts Centre, he has gone on to win one international, eight national and six regional awards for writing. In addition to I'LL BE BACK BEFORE MIDNIGHT! Mr. Colley's most popular plays include YOU'LL GET USED TO IT - THE WAR SHOW (a musical about Canada's involement in World War II), the historical drama THE DONELLYS, the Thriller THE MARK OF CAIN, the comedy WHEN THE REAPER CALLS, STOLEN LIVES - THE ALBERT WALKER STORY, MAN OF THE DESSERT and MURDER IN NOIRVILLE. Screenplays by Mr. Colley include I'LL BE BACK BEFORE MIDNIGHT! and SHOWTIME. He has written extensively for American, Canadian and British Television. Among his TV work: the TV series WATERSHIP DOWN for British (ITV) and Canadian television, THE MYTHIC WARRIORS (CBS) and THE ZACK FILES (Fox Family Channel).


GREG SANDERSON - Christopher Hunter

JAN SANDERSON - Eleanor Joyce



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