If casting rumours are to be trusted, there’s a lot more to look forward to with Theatre of Blood than an evening of schlock horror. The stage adaptation of the 1973 cult film - co-produced by the National with Improbable Theatre, whose founders Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch also collaborated on the multi award-winning "junk opera" Shockheaded Peter - is due to open at the NT Cottesloe in spring 2005 and has attracted some major interest (See News, 7 Oct 2003). Amongst the leading actors who’ve been tipped to take on the role of Edward Lionheart are Jim Broadbent and Jonathan Pryce. On screen, the late Vincent Price hammed it up to the hilt as the Shakespearean thesp who takes murderously poetic revenge on the drama critics who savaged him in print, while a young Diana Rigg played his devoted daughter Edwina Lionheart.