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The Unexpected Guest – The Mill at Sonning

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Brian Blessed Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones The Unexpected Guest is a classic Agatha Christie murder mystery set in a fog-shrouded 1950’s South Wales. One-time big-game hunter Richard Warwick, now in a wheelchair after having been mauled by a lion in Kenya, is found dead in his study by Michael Starkwedder (Séan Browne), the show’s staccato-voiced titular character. ...

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Love From A Stranger – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Agatha Christie (adapted by Frank Vosper) Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Joan Phillips Agatha Christie’s work seems to be enjoying a renaissance in the last few years. Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express had an all-star cast, while two recent BBC TV adaptations attracted critical and viewer’s acclaim and Lucy Bailey’s revival of Witness for the Prosecution is enjoying an extended London run. ...

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Dead Simple – Hall for Cornwall, Truro

Writer: Peter James Adaptor: Shaun McKenna Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Joan Phillips The latest of Peter James’ murder mystery crime best-sellers adapted for the stage is called Dead Simple. But with more twists and turns than a bowl of spaghetti, it is anything but. Michael Harrison (played by Jamie Lomas) seems to have it all: a successful business; beautiful fiancée; ...

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Murder with Dr Lucy Worsley – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Lucy Worsley Reviewer: Abbie Rippon More used to reviewing theatre, dance, stand-up gigs and concerts, it is refreshing to sit in a theatre to review a talk, or discussion, one might say. One might argue that sitting in the Quays theatre at the Lowry, listening to a lecture on Murder, is not the ideal way to spend a Sunday ...

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The Mousetrap (Tour) – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Ian Watt-Smith Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald As the longest running show of any kind in British theatre history, The Mousetrap has left audiences guessing for more than 60 years. Back by popular demand, this 60th Anniversary production brings Monkswell Manor to theatres across the UK and delivers a thoroughly fitting dramatization of Christie’s classic play. When a ...

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The Mousetrap – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Ian Watt-Smith Reviewer: Janet Jepson Mention The Mousetrap penned by Agatha Christie, and most theatregoers will know that it’s famous for being the longest-running show of any kind in the history of British theatre. It has played with a variety of casts, made up of well-known actors and not so well-known for 62 years – almost ...

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RIFT’s Macbeth – Balfron Tower, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Devised scene: Gruff Theatre Director: Felix Mortimer Reviewer: Annegret Märten Welcome to Borduria, the country inhabiting all fictional characters. Goldilocks lives in Northern Borduria but the portal in a basement of the brutalist Balfron tower leads straight to the grim South where the unscrupulous and scheming Macbeths reside. Alongside the fictional characters live the Bordurian citizens who ...

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Murder, Marple and Me – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: Phillip Meeks Director: Stella Duffy Reviewer: Rosie Revell [Rating:5] British actress Margaret Rutherford’s performances in the film versions of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple made her into a true movie legend. For many her interpretation is the definitive Miss Marple, but it very nearly didn’t happen. The Gilded Balloon present the reasons why in a humourous and highly entertaining one ...

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