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A Murder is Announced – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Agatha Christie Adaptor: Leslie Darbon Director/Designer: Michael Lunney Reviewer: Ron Simpson The problems with Agatha Christie plays are mainly a matter of balancing plot and people and presenting an archaic Englishness without too much stuffiness or implied chauvinism. Christie herself could do this with a suitably light touch between the dramatic revelations, but in Middle Ground Theatre’s production Leslie ...

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The Verdict – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Barry Reed Adapted for stage by Margaret May Hobbs Director and Designer: Michael Lunney Reviewer: Barbara Michaels   Reputedly “The best courtroom drama novel in years” when it was published in 1980, Margaret May Hobbs’ adaptation of Barry Reed’s crime novel The Verdict is staged for the first time by the Middle Ground Theatre Company. On the whole, this ...

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A Murder is Announced – Buxton Opera House

Writer: Agatha Christie Adaptor: Leslie Darbon Director: Michael Lunney Reviewer: Jim Gillespie Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple sails into action in Middle Ground Theatre’s latest who-dunnit touring production. First published in 1950, it has prospered in various incarnations, and this adaptation by Leslie Darbon itself dates back to 1977. The plot and setting break little new ground for Christie, for whom ...

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A Murder Is Announced – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: Leslie Darbon after the novel by Agatha Christie Director: Michael Lunney Reviewer: Michael Gray A typically solid touring production from Middle Ground, Agatha Christie's A Murder Is Announced, was first adapted for the West End back in the 70s by Leslie Darbon. It boasts a splendid set, designed by the show's director Michael Lunney – the 1950s powerfully evoked ...

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A Murder is Announced – Floral Pavilion – New Brighton

Writer: Agatha Christie Adaptor: Leslie Darbon Director: Michael Lunney Reviewer: Vicki Goodwin “A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 29th at Little Paddocks, at 6:30 p.m. Friends accept this, my only intimation.” Not exactly words that one would want to read in a local newspaper. That is unless you happen to be Miss Marple, an amateur ...

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The Business Of Murder – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer:Richard Harris Director and Designer: Michael Lunney Reviewer:MichaelGray   A mild-mannered man, just the wrong side of middle age. His modest one-bed flat in the suburbs. A police detective - “clever, clever copper”and a woman who's had some success as a writer of police dramas for the television. Such are the ingredients for Richard Harris's intricately plotted thriller.In the tradition ...

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The Business of Murder – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Richard Harris Director: Michael Lunney Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes Middle Ground Theatre Company presents Richard Harris’s west end hit, The Business of Murder in Darlington this week. This three act, three performer play focuses on a flat in London in the early Eighties. Why has Mr. Stone (Robert Gwilym) invited playwright Dee (Joanna Higson) and Policeman Hallett (Paul Opacic) to ...

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Classic Ghosts – Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Writer: M.R James &Charles Dickens Director: Michael Lunney Reviewer: Francesca Parker The Middle Ground Theatre Company presents an evening of two classic ghost stories.Charles Dickens’, The Signalman, and M.R. James’ tale, Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come To You, My Lad are brought to life by a well-respected cast. R. James’ chilling ghost story is set in 1907 at The Globe ...

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