Rugby actor take on Blood Money role at theatre

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Versatile Rugby Theatre actor Lee Bunting says he’s thrilled to be starring in the up-coming production of Blood Money (Saturday November 16 to 23).

Lee, who has performed in panto, straight plays and in July was seen in the Ray Cooney farce It Runs in the Family, says playing Mike Mason in this tightly plotted thriller has been a fabulous roller-coaster ride.

“I was Dr Hubert Bonney in ‘It Runs in the Family’, and really enjoyed that. But Blood Money takes me in a completely opposite direction – as it is anything but farcical.

“The rehearsals have been intense and I hope that comes across to the audience. This is my third collaboration with director Steve Orton in as many years and has, without a doubt, been my favourite of them all.”

Blood Money, which opens on Saturday for an eight night run at the Henry Street theatre, was written by the Heather brothers – best-known for their hit musical, A Slice of Saturday Night.

Steve Orton said: “The play is really well written, though very slightly tongue-in-cheek. It’s brilliant how it maintains tension throughout as the plot shifts hither and thither.

“The cast have had immense fun with it, and so have the special effects team, who’ve really had their work cut out on this one.”

Besides starring Lee as Mike, the show also features Faye Lindsey as Liz, Ruth Long as Sue, and Jessica Newborough – in her first role at Rugby Theatre – as Dr Julie Campbell.

Show dates at Rugby Theatre are Saturday, November 16 to 23, at 7.30pm.

There’s no performance on Sunday. Contact the Rugby Theatre Box Office at 01788 541234, or book online at