Edward Kendal Sheridan Lionheart (Vincent Price) is a matinèe favorite Shakespearean actor of the old school, finding difficulty coping with new theater roles, who wreaks revenge on on the theater critics who give their annual Guild's "Best Actor" award to a new and upcoming actor rather than him. Incensed by their choice, he does this in the most ingenious and disturbing ways by imitating death scenes taken from his final repertoire of his beloved Bard's tales. Vincent Price is well supported by Dame Diana Rigg, as his dutiful daughter Edwina, and a bevy of the cream of British character actors, including; Ian Hendry, Sir Michael Hordern, Dennis Price, Robert Morley, and Arthur Lowe.
Did You Know?
Edward Kendal Sheridan Lionheart's (Vincent Price
's) theater hideout was the Putney Hippodrome, built in 1906. It had been boarded up for fourteen years when it was chosen as a location for this movie. The filmmakers rented it for one hundred twenty-seven dollars a week and set parts of it on fire for this movie's finale. The building was demolished in 1975 and housing was erected on the site. See more
There is blood already on the plastic sheeting prior to George Maxwell being stabbed. See more
That damn editor's cut the best part of my review!
So I noticed, dear. You ought to have a chat with him.
My most provocative comment, too, where I said the leading lady attacked her role with both hands and strangled it to death.
Early UK TV showings and video releases featured a U.S print which used the American spelling of 'Theater of Blood' during the opening credits. The UK MGM DVD uses the British title of 'Theatre of Blood'. See more