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Strictly Murder - UK Tour

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For those who like a thriller with plenty of twists and turns, there's a new theatre tour of Strictly Murder that is stopping off across the Midlands.

Strictly murder, review, Brian Capron
Brian Capron stars in Strictly Murder

It's from Talking Scarlet theatre company, which was also behind who-dunnits like Who Killed Santa Claus. This is a similar production with strong actors and unexpected revelations.

I caught Strictly Murder at Malvern Theatres where it ran from June 20 to 24 before heading off on the rest of its national tour that includes other parts of the region around Birmingham, like Lyceum Theatre in Crewe and Stafford Gatehouse Theatre.

The story is set in 1939 ahead of the Second World War in France. It was written by Brian Clemens, a script writer for The Avengers and Diagnosis: Murder to name a few, and has been directed by his son Samuel Clemens.

Although it is very slow to get going - with too many tedious moments where there is no dialogue - it also has exciting sequences and twists that leave you simply stunned.

Strictly murder, review, Brian Capron
Action and twists in Strictly Murder

The story revolves around British couple Peter and Suzy in Provence, who live in a remote cottage worrying about an impending war, double agents and where their relationship is going. When unexpected visitor Ross turns up because he recognises Peter from his previous existence as someone else, things start to get juicy.

The arrival of Ross lifts the show immensely and that's partly due to the stage presence of actor Brian Capron, famous for playing serial killer Richard in Coronation Street. Capron brings a welcome edge to this caper, that is accompanied by a dramatic soundtrack of menacing music to add a chill to the proceedings.

The small cast all play their roles well, particularly Gary Turner as Peter, who you never know whether to trust or not. Emmerdale fans may remember Turner for playing chef Carlos Diaz in the soap opera.

Strictly murder, review, Brian Capron , Gary turner
Emmerdale star Gary Turner is in Strictly Murder.

The Second Act of this two hour show picks up the pace a little and bombards the audience with twists that make up for the show's slow moments early on.

Looking back, the clues were all there, but subtle enough to leave the finale as an unpredictable surprise. All in all, it's an enjoyable thriller that will keep you guessing.

Strictly murder, review, Brian Capron
Brian Capron is a highlight of the show

UK Tour dates include:

Tuesday 20th - Saturday 24th June
Festival Theatre, Malvern

Monday 26th - Wednesday 28th June
Playhouse Theatre, Weston-super-Mare

Monday 3rd - Wednesday 5th July
Lyceum Theatre, Crewe

Tuesday 11th - Wednesday 12th July
Grove Theatre, Dunstable

Friday 14th - Saturday 15th July
Stafford Gatehouse Theatre

Monday 24th - Tuesday 25th July
Westcliff Palace Theatre

Thursday 10th - Saturday 12th August
Buxton Opera House

Tuesday 15th - Saturday 19th August
Grand Theatre, Swansea

Friday 8th - Sunday 10th September
Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple

Monday 11th - Wednesday 13th September
Key Theatre, Peterborough

Tuesday 26th - Saturday 30th September
Rose Theatre, Kingston

Thursday 19th - Saturday 21st October
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Why? Thriller with lots of twists
When: Touring until October
Phone: Stafford Gatehouse Box Office 01785 619080
Where: UK tour including Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Cost: 16.50
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