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Dial M for Murder

South Shields Customs House
Friday 12th –Saturday 13th February 2016

Theatre fans can enjoy a truly thrilling experience this weekend.

The Customs House in South Shields is playing host to a new production of Frederick Knott’s atmospheric drama, Dial M for Murder.

This intense and darkly gripping thriller, famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock, stars Oliver Mellor (Coronation Street), Terri Dwyer (Hollyoaks) and Marcus Hutton (Brookside) and is produced by Talking Scarlet.

Customs House Executive Director Ray Spencer MBE said: “Dial M for Murder is a fantastically gripping tale and we’re delighted to welcome back Talking Scarlet. Last year they brought Stone Cold Murder which was a fantastic production and won rave reviews. We can’t wait to see what they have in store for our audience this year.”

Oliver Mellor plays Tony Wendice and is best known for appearing as Dr Matt Carter in Coronation Street for three years, while Sheila Wendice is played by Terri Dwyer, best known for playing Ruth Osbourne in Hollyoaks for more than six years. She is fresh from filming new British movie Legacy, which is due out later this year. Marcus Hutton plays Max Halliday and is best known for appearing as Nathan Cuddington in Brookside.

Tony Wendice has married his wife Margot for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder: he blackmails a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her for a fee and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself. But does everything go according to plan?

Convinced his wife is having an affair, the audience watch mesmerised at Tony’s precision in planning what must surely be the perfect murder – until it falters in the most unexpected way.

Claustrophobic and frightening, this new production reclaims this brilliant tale of betrayal, passion and, ultimately, murder.


The production takes place at the Mill Dam venue on Friday and Saturday at 7.45pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Tickets for Dial M for Murder are £17 and are available from the box office on 0191 454 1234 or by visiting

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