Winner! Tony® Award for Best Play
The Hilliards are a typical family living on the outskirts of Indianapolis; abruptly, their pleasant home becomes a jungle full of cunning and violence. Mr. Hilliard and nineteen-year-old Cindy are allowed to go to work, while Mrs. Hilliard and ten-year-old Ralphie remain in the house as hostages. Meanwhile, the police search closes in inexorably, conducted by a deputy sheriff who has his own reasons for wanting to kill. The Hilliards are helpless. A murder occurs. The police move closer. Adapted from Joseph Hayes' best-selling novel. A smash hit on Broadway starring Paul Newman, this revised edition of The Desperate Hours has been simplified to employ a less complicated set.
"That very rare thing, an almost perfect melodrama, fast, tight, logical, combining sentiment with gunfire in exactly the right proportions." - The New Yorker
The Desperate Hours was first presented at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York City on February 10, 1955. Directed by Robert Montgomery.