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October 2002>>
Snake in the Grass
Murdered to Death
Murdered to Death at the Regent Theatre
The Stage Review

Sue Ashford takes a look at Murdered to Death, a comedy featuring Trevor Bannister and Geoffrey Davies...
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Trevor Bannister
Trevor Bannister as
Inspector Pratt

Geoffrey Davies
Geoffrey Davies as
Col. Charles Craddock

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Slightly disappointing would have to be my view about Murdered to Death a spoof whodunit based on Agatha Christie style characters.

The play is set in the 1930s and the action takes place during a country house weekend. As we are gradually introduced to the characters it becomes apparent that several possible plots are emerging with various members of the cast being lined up to be either a corpse or a murderer! Once the dastardly deed has taken place enter Constable Thomkins, and Inspector Pratt who more than lives up to his name.

This play has a star studded cast - Trevor Bannister and Nicholas Smith are probably best known for Are You Being Served, Geoffrey Davies from the Doctor in the House TV series, Anna Karen who played Olive in On The Buses for many years and Richard Elis from East Enders. Despite this there is something about the play that doesn't quite gel.

The script by Peter Gordon, is clever and funny, but Monday night's performance did not seem to get as many laughs as it should have done, and at times the cast gave the impression they weren't sure whose the next line was.

Trevor Bannister as Inspector Pratt and Nicholas Smith as Bunting the Butler stood out from the rest of the cast, but I found the character of Miss Maple played by Anna Karen slightly disappointing.

Despite that it was an enjoyable night out, and did the Butler do it ? You'll have to go along and find out.

Murdered to Death is at the Regent Theatre, Hanley, until Saturday 12th October 2002.

Sue Ashford
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