The Collector

3 star rating

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Tells of Frederick Clegg, a young man, who collects butterflies and is obsessed with art student, Miranda Grey. When he comes into a large amount of money he leaves his job, buys a remote farmhouse and prepares for a very special house guest.
The Collector at the Vaults Theatre

Image: The Vaults Theatre


Genre: Thriller
Venue: The Vaults Theatre
Started: Tuesday 2 August 2016
Closed: Sunday 28 August 2016
Running time:To be confirmed
Age suitability: Not available


Writer Mark Healy has adapted a number of classics for the stage including Far From The Madding Crowd for English Touring Theatre, Sense and Sensibility for Northcott Theatre and a UK tour of another John Fowles classic The French Lieutenant's Woman.

His adaptations have been performed all over the world including USA, Mexico, Germany and Greece.

Director Joe Hufton returns to The Vaults where he was Associate Director on the critically acclaimed Alice’s Adventures Underground.

He was previously Performance Director on Secret Cinema’s Back To The Future and directed Secret Cinema’s Dead Poets Society.

He has also recently directed Scarlet at the Southwark Playhouse (starring Poldark’s Heida Reed), Fable at The Vaults and Portia at Theatre 503.

John Fowles is a giant of British literature and was named as one of the 50 greatest post war British writers by The Times.

His works, including The Magus, The French Lieutenant’s Woman and The Collector, have been translated into multiple languages and several of his works have been adapted for cinema.

The Collector was made into a film starring Terrence Stamp and Samantha Eggar in 1965 and it was nominated for three Oscars and Samantha Eggar won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama).

The film was directed by William Wyler (Ben Hur, Funny Girl, Roman Holiday) and he famously turned down the chance to direct The Sound Of Music to tell the story of Frederick Clegg and Miranda Grey.


Frederick Clegg loves Miranda Grey.

Miranda Grey loves Frederick Clegg, she just doesn’t know it yet.

She has never met him, she has never spoken to him, but she will fall in love with him - Frederick will make sure of it, no matter what.

The Collector tells the story of Frederick Clegg, a lonely young man, who collects butterflies in his spare time and his obsession with a beautiful art student, Miranda Grey.

When he comes into a large amount of money he leaves his job, buys a remote farmhouse and prepares the basement for a very special house guest.

The Collector is an enthralling psychological thriller which brings to life one of British literature's most terrifying characters.

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Previews from:Tuesday 2 August 2016

Press night:Thursday 4 August 2016

Closes:Sunday 28 August 2016

Performance days & times

Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm
Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm
Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm
Friday ‑ 7‑30pm
Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm


Saturday - 2-30pm

Sunday - 4-00pm



2-4 & 9 August: £12.50

(plus booking fee)


5-7, 10-14 , 16 & 23 August: £15.00

17-21 & 24 - 28 August: £18.00

(plus booking fee)



Daniel Portman

Lily Loveless


Author: Mark Healy (from the novel by John Fowles)
Director: Joe Hufton
Production: Announcement Productions

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