Review - Rebecca at the Royal and Derngate, Northampton


A show where the tone veers radically in different directions within seconds makes for a fascinating adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca.

The show, all about the newly married couple who return to the home where the groom’s previous wife died, has plenty of twists and turns.

The first half of the show is probably the most veering. And anyone expecting a straight adaptation is likely to be disappointed.

We get folk songs, dancing and broad slapstick comedy against a backdrop of tension of what happened in Mr De Winter’s previous marriage and the effect that it has on the staff.

While it is a little disorientating initially, it is during the second half when the revelations come out that the whole production comes to the fore. The broad range of genres makes the audience identify with the new bride Mrs de Winter, expertly performed by Imogen Sage.

Rebecca is a different experience and one that is engrossing and captivating for a variety of different reasons.

Rebecca can be seen at the Royal and Derngate until Saturday. For tickets call the box office on 01604 624811 or visit