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The Collector

  • The Vaults Leake Street London, England, SE1 7NN United Kingdom (map)

AUG 2 - AUG 28

Tuesday – Saturday, 7.30pm, (Matinees Saturday at 2.30pm, Sundays at 4.00pm), 90 mins



Starring Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne, Game of Thrones) and Lily Loveless (Naomi, Skins), John Fowles’ classic story of obsession comes to the Vaults Theatre in London this August in a brand new production directed by Joe Hufton (Associate Director, Alice’s Adventures Underground; director, Secret Cinema’s Dead Poets Society, Scarlett at Southwark Playhouse, Portia at Theatre503).

"It was so easy really. There was a quick struggle but I got her in the van… That first touch - she was so light, so much smaller than I’d thought." 

Frederick Clegg loves Miranda Grey. Miranda Grey loves Frederick Clegg - she just doesn’t know it yet. The Collector tells the story of a lonely young man who collects butterflies and his obsession with a beautiful art student. 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 houseguest. The Collector is an enthralling psychological thriller which brings to life one of British literature's most notoriously terrifying characters.

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 his several of his works have been adapted for cinema. The Collector was made into a film starring Terrence Stamp and Samantha Eggar in 1965. It was nominated for three Oscars and Samantha Eggar won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama).


“bringing back the plain excitement of suspense” (The New York Times on The Collector)

**** “director Joe Hufton has dealt with provocative subject matter in a remarkably nuanced way” (Culture Whisper on Scarlett)

Lily Loveless - Best Newcomer, Monaco International Film Festival, Fear Of Water


Earlier Event: July 4
Peter Schlemiel
Later Event: August 2
The Past is a Tattooed Sailor