Based on Dame Agatha’s most successful novel – the biggest-selling crime thriller of all time – it is set on an island where 10 people are invited by a mysterious host to assemble for a party only to find themselves knocked off one by one for unpunished crimes.
The excellent set suggests the architectural elegance of the 1930s, including the black marble floor and a bearskin rug.
It is a thoroughly enjoyable romp through a hand-picked selection of characters ranging from the irritable to the despicable, including a pair of female domestics who appear to have a lesbian relationship (Nicola May-Taylor and Lucy Tregear), a Bible-bashing old biddy (Emily Brent), a former policeman-turned-private eye (Andrew Lancel) and a hanging judge (David Yelland).
Christie’s disdain for the police comes across loud and clear, and the shocking finale makes no concession to cosy resolutions.
Miss Marple, it ain’t.
And Then There Were None, Richmond Theatre/UK tour until April 13 Tickets: andthentherewerenoneplay.com
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