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A Judgement in Stone- The Opera House, Manchester 

Writer: Ruth Rendell adapted by Simon Brett and Antony Lampard Director: Roy Marsden Reviewer: Dave Cunningham After a decade producing stage versions of thrillers by the Queen of Crime The Agatha Christie Theatre Company has had a revamp to become The Classic Thriller Company. One cannot quibble with the choice of the late Ruth Rendell as a ‘classic’ thriller writer. She was an ...

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The 39 Steps – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Rob Whitcomb as Man 1, Andrew Hodges as Man 2 and Richard Ede as Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps

Writer: John Buchan Adapter: Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble &Nobby Dimon Director: Maria Aitken Designer: Peter McKintosh Reviewer: Rich Jevons The main novelty of The 39 Steps, is that all roles in this farcical thriller are played by just four performers. Winning an Olivier Award for Best Comedy and after nine years in the West End, ...

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Thriller Live – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

The cast of Thriller Live

Music: The Jackson Five and Michael Jackson Director and Choreographer: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Queen have a musical about the state of music in the future, Abba have a musical about mother and daughter love, so what does Michael Jackson have a musical about? Himself of course. What story could ever hold a candle to the songs of Michael ...

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Thriller Live – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

The cast of Thriller Live

  Director &Choreographer: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Dominic Corr Michael Jackson was a tremendous talent, regardless of the controversy which would follow him in later life. Even those who would not describe themselves as Jackson fans can still appreciate the immense presence and acknowledge the cultural figure that he was. So can a jukebox musical really do the performer justice? Thriller ...

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Thriller Live – Darlington Civic Theatre

The cast of Thriller Live

Director &Choreographer: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Mark Clegg Despite the public controversy and criticism that surrounded both his personal life and his untimely death, it’s probably safe to say that nobody can deny that Michael Jackson was a massive talent. Often cited as “the greatest performer of all time”, such hyperbole would seem silly if it didn’t cause one to at ...

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Thriller Live – Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Director: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Lauren Maughan   For the Blackpool crowd, Michael Jackson’s tribute show is certainly a thriller. Thriller Live is almost two hours of hit after hit from the king of pop. This is possibly the best Michael Jackson tribute you’ll ever see. Although, if you want a thickening storyline about Jackson, then this isn't the show for ...

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Stone Cold Murder – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: James Cawood Director: Patric Kearns Designer: Geoff Gilder Reviewer: Ann Bawtree A prime example of the traditional country house murder James Cawood’s Stone Cold Murder is set mid-winter in a lonely snow-bound country house hotel. Geoff Gilder’s set is a perfect example of a large but cosy sitting room, traditionally furnished along with drinks cabinet, music system, soft lighting ...

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The Woman in Black – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer: Susan Hill Adaptor: Stephen Mallatratt Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Marina Spark The spooky, spine-tingling spectacular The Woman In Black is currently wowing audiences at the Theatre Royal Plymouth. The stage adaptation of the novel by Susan Hill has been in the West End for 25 years and is now proudly doing a national tour. The audience sits in anticipation, ...

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