|One of Price's best latter day showcases, this is a surprisingly gory little number.
Shakespearean actor Edward Lionheart (Price) exacts revenge on the pompous theatre critics who skewered him throughout his stage career.
Mimicking a variety of the Bard's 'best of' death sequences, Lionheart burns, stabs, and impales his vicious detractors.
Theatre of Blood is a delicious banquet all the way round, and it's hard to say which scene pleases more.
Is it the group stabbing a la Julius Caesar?
Is it the nasty beheading courtesy Cymbeline?
Is it the terrible "dragging" scene recreated from Troilus & Cressida?
Certainly Price as an effete hairdresser who eletrocutes Browne - via a miswired hair setter - has got to rate near the top.
Diana Rigg is a delight on hand as Lionheart's daughter...and crazed assistant.
The whole thing's a must see.
Also known as Much Ado About Murder (a great alternate title!).