Liz Coggins reviews And Then There Were Non a murder mystery in true Christie style
The cast of And Then There Were Non have successfully catapulted the sometimes tired and jaded works of Agatha Christie into a thrilling five star piece of theatre.
I say the cast, because it is they that bring this work to life and make it believable; coupled with a beautiful art deco set, immaculate fashions of the period and some chilling lighting effects, notably the candlelight in Act 3.
The production is set in 1939, the year the book was published and has reverted to getting close to the ending of the novel, which creates an element of shock, far more appropriate to today’s audiences than the original play ending.
Director Joe Harmston has created a production that has pace and momentum that takes its audience with it at an amazing speed.
The element that sets this production apart from others is that every one of the cast, without exception, displays excellent character acting skills and makes their role totally believable.
The story revolves around a group of ten strangers invited to an island off the coast of Devon. When a storm leaves them stranded, one by one they are haunted by the old nursery rhyme as they meet their ultimate fate.
As Sir Lawrence Wargrave, who admits “All my life I have wanted to take life” Neil Stacy is utterly convincing as the quietly, cunning judge with homicidal tendencies
Eric Carte (General McKenzie) gets some wonderful moments of pathos whilst Mark Curry (Doctor Armstrong) is so clinically and emotionally believable.
Thirties youth, glamour and passion comes from Kezia Burrows (Vera Claythorne), Ben Nealon (Philip Lombard) with Gary Mavers as a likeable but seedy ex-cop.
And Then There Were Non has some of the finest character acting seen on the Grand stage for some time in one production and even if you are not a Christie fan it’s one for every theatre lover.
To Sat 22nd August