The Lovesong of Alfred J. Hitchcock – Location, Tickets, Reviews

The Lovesong Of Alfred J Hitchcock

The Lovesong of Alfred J. Hitchcock – Location, Tickets, Reviews

59E59 Theaters present the U.S. premiere of David Rudkin’s The Lovesong of Alfred J. Hitchcock, a stage version of Rudkin’s award-winning radio play for the BBC. This production is part of the Brits Off Broadway Festival.

The Lovesong of Alfred J. Hitchcock explores the famous filmmaker’s dreams, desires, and frustrations. It introduces Hitchcock as a man “imprisoned in his director’s chair” (to quote the play) who projected shame about his body, Catholic guilt, and an obsession with blondes into his archetypal films.


Rudkin utilizes an adventurous format for storytelling in this play. It begins with Hitchcock sitting in his director’s chair, conceiving typical Hitchcockian scenarios for his movies, and then steps in and out of Hitchcock’s thought process for a psychological examination of his mind. The audience is given a voyeuristic look into his life, as he is simultaneously tormented and inspired by his anxiety over love and art. Rudkin supplements this examination with an auxiliary plot line that depicts Hitchcock from the point of view of Alma, Hitchcock’s wife, who sees him as a man with a head full of murder and melancholy.

The play is an in-depth study of Hitchcock’s inner world. It is a well-executed production with strong performances from the whole cast of four. Martin Miller, especially, delivers a powerful performance portraying the formidable and ingenious Hitchcock. Director Jack McNamara ably creates a cinematic, if gloomy and anxious, feel to the production. It is a subtle and slow play with a dark subject matter and it demands a degree of patience to appreciate its beauty.

Public Opinion

From Twitter: 
@SandyMacDonald: The Love Song of J. Alfred Hitchcock at @59E59 not one of those lazy Wikipedia bioplays. Fascinating script, superb ensemble.

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Critics’ Review

New York Post
Unhitch from ‘The Lovesong of Alfred J. Hitchcock’ 

David Rudkin revamps his radio play for a staged exploration of the man behind the camera.

NY Theater
This show is essentially one part commentary, one part black insight and one part pitch-perfect deadpan humor.


$70 (click here for tickets)


Performances through May 25, 2014


59E59 Theaters
59 East 59th Street
New York City
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1 hour 50 minutes, 1 intermissions

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Written by David Rudkin

Directed by Jack McNamara

Featuring Martin Miller, Roberta Kerr, Anthony Wise, Tom McHugh


The Lovesong of Alfred J. Hitchcock