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Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story (Susan Elkin reviews)

Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story continues at the Hope Theatre, London until 20 April 2019.

Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩

This chilling revival of Stephen Dolginoff’s musical take on one of the most famous murders in the history of the USA is engaging theatre.

Bart Lambert as Nathan Leopold, about to be granted parole in 1958, recalls what actually happened when he and fellow law student Richard Loeb (Jack Reitman) murdered a boy in 1924.

The piece explores the psychology of cold-blooded, planned infanticide and most British audiences will be reluctantly reminded of the murder of Jamie Bulger in 1993.

In this case the killing – or at least the planning – and the arson which precedes it is partly an aphrodisiac which drives the sexual relationship between the two men so the issues here are complex and thoughtful …

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Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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