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Stage Editorial

staircase18.jpg Attention armchair detectives

If you’ve seen the Netflix documentary ‘The Staircase’ then you’ll be well acquainted with David Rudolf, the defence attorney in the infamous Michael Peterson case. He’s coming to the Tyne Theatre & Opera House in January.

When I first heard that David Rudolf was touring I thought, “Ooh! Has he given up attorney-ing to launch a hip-hop career? He’s got the flow.” But no: he’s still attorney-ing and, indeed, became one of the best known practitioners in the world when Netflix picked up the 2004 documentary series ‘The Staircase’, and the new, additional follow-up, episodes. It details the case of Michael Peterson who was accused of murdering his wife, Kathleen Peterson, when she was found covered in blood at the bottom of the staircase in their home. In Newcastle Rudolf will be discussing everything from his struggles with the case, his internal conflicts and the mysterious “owl theory”, which wasn’t mentioned in the series but is the talk of internet forums. I long since solved the case in my own head, but if you’d like a few loose ends tied up then I’m sure this is the fella you need to see.

Inside the Staircase: David Rudolf in Conversation, Saturday 19 January, Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle, 7pm, £25.50 (stalls and grand circle), £35 (boxes). tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk