Thursday, 23 July 2015

Review: And Then There Were None (UK Tour) at the Milton Keynes Theatre

And Then There Were None (UK Tour)
Milton Keynes Theatre
Reviewed on Monday 20th July 2015

Coinciding with the 125th anniversary of the birth of Agatha ChristieAnd Then There Were None has returned to the stage with a brand new touring production directed by Joe Harmston. Having sold over a hundred million copies, And Then There Were None is often labelled as one of Christie's greatest masterpieces.

The show sees ten bold personalities lured to a remote island off the coast of Devon. However, the host is missing and the guests find themselves haunted by an old nursery rhyme... but can they solve the mystery..?

Bill Kenwright has gathered quite a cast to take on the classic. Colin Buchanan, Susan Penhaligon, Mark Curry, Frazer Hines and Ben Nealon all excel in their roles, with the two stand out performances coming from Paul Nicholas and Verity Rushworth.

Nicholas takes to the stage with a twinkle in his eye as judge Sir Lawrence Wargrave. His portrayal is effortless and he pulls off some wonderful scenes.

The last time I saw Rushworth on stage she was dazzling as Velma in Chicago. Fresh from pulling at the nation's heartstrings in Emmerdale, Rushworth gives a brilliant performance as Vera Claythorne, showing there is nothing she cannot do.

And Then There Were None takes a while to get going, the first act feels slow and drawn out. However, once the plot thickens the piece becomes far more enticing - I loved overhearing the different theories audience members were coming up with during the second interval. As the conclusion approached I had no idea where it was heading - there are some superb twists, turns and revelations along the way. 

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

And Then There Were None runs at the Milton Keynes Theatre until Saturday 25th July and the tour is currently booking to 21st November 2015. Please visit for further information, tour dates and tickets.

Photo Credit: Pamela Raith

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