The Collector

(Der Sammler)

A psychological thriller by Mark Healey adapted from a novel by John Fowles

9th May 2014 – 4th July 2014


Almost a love story.

Heralded as the first modern psycho-thriller, The Collector is the riveting story of Frederick Clegg, an obscure clerk with a passion for collecting butterflies. He becomes obsessed with a beautiful young woman, Miranda Grey, and, unable to make contact with her because of his nonexistent social skills, he plans to “acquire” her as he might a butterfly. As the two match wits, this cunning thriller takes hold – delivering its audience to the darker side of passion.


“One of the most agonizing chapters in the whole literary history of obsession.” New York Times

“ Fine psychological thriller…enthralling…an evening of compelling nastiness.” Daily Telegraph

“Taut thriller updated with modern fear.” Financial Times

“Refreshingly nasty, The Collector is every bit as perverse as the times would permit.” New York Times


The 1965 movie version of The Collector, directed by William Wyler, was nominated for three Oscars.

One cast, two shows! (The Collector + Venus in Fur)
Many darkly compelling theatrical moments!
More shades of grey!



Bejubelt als erster moderner Psycho-Thriller erzählt The Collector die beklemmende Geschichte von Frederick Clegg, einem undurchsichtigen Angestellten mit einer Sammelleidenschaft für Schmetterlinge. Er ist besessen von der schönen Miranda Grey und plant – da sie für ihn unerreichbar scheint – sie zu fangen wie einen seltenen Schmetterling. Während Frederick Miranda gefangen hält, messen Täter und Opfer ihren Verstand und der raffinierte Thriller ergreift das Publikum, um es der düsteren Seite der Leidenschaft auszuliefern.

Die reale Entführung und Gefangenschaft der Österreicherin Natascha Kampusch weist erstaunliche Parallelen mit dem Roman von John Fowles The Collector auf.