Mayor joins the cast

Mayor of Todmorden 2014-15, Coun Michael Gill
Mayor of Todmorden 2014-15, Coun Michael Gill

This year’s Mayor of Todmorden, Michael Gill, was talking to James Claxton, the director of Night Must Fall at the Hippodrome Jobs Day in September.

James had the great idea that as The Hippodrome Theatre is one of the Mayor’s charities this year it would be nice if he could take the part of Lord Chief Justice in the season’s opening play, Night Must Fall.

Rehearsals were well underway by this time so Michael did not have a lot of time to learn the part as he has a lot of mayoral functions to attend.

It isn’t a very big part fortunately so he’s hoping that he won’t let the rest of the hard-working cast down.

Night Must Fall is not the stereotypical whodunit you might expect.

In fact, to label it as a murder mystery is somewhat misleading.

It could more accurately be placed in the genre of psychological thriller for it is perfectly obvious from the beginning just who the murderer in question is and that he will murder again and who the victim will be.

Emlyn Williams, the writer, who was himself an actor and who played the part of Dan in the first production of the play back in 1936 was fascinated by abnormal psychology.

Each character in the cast is a little bit strange or weird as you will discover when you come to see the play.

The Mayor’s other charity is Independent Living Todmorden, which is a group for local adults with learning disabilities, the aim being to help them integrate with our community and lead an active social life.

Night Must Fall runs from Wednesday, October 1, to Saturday, October 4.

Tickets are priced from £8 to £10 and are available online at or on our ticket line 0333 666 3366 or in person at Todmorden Information Centre, Burnley Road.

Doors open 7pm, performance begins at 7.30pm.