Rehearsal For Murder
Starring TV favourites Alex Ferns (Eastenders, Legend ), Susie Amy (Footballers’ Wives, Echo Beach ), Gary Mavers ( Peak Practice, Emmerdale ), Lauren Drummond (Holby City) and Ben Nealon ( Soldier Soldier ). Entertainment icon Anita Harris (Carry On) and 60’s pop legend of Mark Wynter ( Cats, Dreamboats and Petticoats, The Phantom the Opera ).
And directed by Roy Marsden (TV’s Commander Adam Dalgliesh)
Following the phenomenal decade-long success of The Classic Thriller Theatre Company, which sold over two million tickets and continually played to packed houses around the UK, Bill Kenwright presents a new production of one of stage and screen’s all-time classic thrillers, from the pen of the legendary award-winning writing team Levinson and Link, whose work includes the mystery series Murder, She Wrote and Columbo.
Playwright Alex Dennison is left heartbroken when his fiancée and leading lady Monica Welles is found dead from an apparent suicide after the opening night of her stage debut. On the anniversary of that ill-fated night, Alex assembles the same cast and crew in the same theatre, for a reading of his new play. But as the reading begins, it becomes clear that Alex believes that Monica was murdered and his new play is a devious cat-and-mouse chase to uncover her killer…
I have to admit when I received the invite to attend the rehearsal for murder I made an assumption that I’d not like it. Upper Circle tickets are highest I’ve been to see a production in the orchard. Which made it interesting, seeing the different perspectives.
It started with an empty theatre it was as if we the audience wasn’t there, a man comes into the room the weather was awful, thunder and lightning you really could feel the rumbles.
As the scenes unfolded and the story began to transpire it made you feel like it was real, how it jumped from explaining into the acting scene of what was being spoken about.
Have to say it was very enthralling, and I wanted to know more details, the actors were so good and didn’t miss a beat of the story it was seamless.
Without giving it away, the ending wasn’t what I had thought, usually, with thriller and horror movies I’m fairly good at selecting the baddie of the film. However with This one I was flummoxed and it felt good to have the surprise.
So in summary, not a show I’d usually go to However, I’m glad that did, I pre-judged and thought it was going to be uninteresting and not worth my time!
How wrong was I, if you get the chance to go and see it DO!
*I was given tickets to write an honest review.
Have you been to see that before ? what were your thoughts ?