18-23 August 2014
Reviewed by Priya Bransfield
Last night we visited the Theatre Royal in Windsor to see the opening night performance of Agatha Christie’s Murder On Air. The show is made up of 3 short stories from the Agatha Christie Theatre Company in the style of their original BBC 1930’s radio broadcasts.
The show was outstanding. The cast was excellent and they delivered the performance impeccably! The show was staged as though it was a radio production from back in the day. The sound effects that were used within the show were amazing. The actors interacted with the audience from time to time and added their own humorous flare which made the performance that much more enjoyable. They performed 3 short stories which were thrilling to listen to and seemed to finish far too quickly! Definitely left me wanting more! The three stories told are Hercule Poirot in The Yellow Iris, Personal Call and Butterfly in a Lordly Dish with a cast led by Tom Conti and Jenny Seagrove.
What I liked about the show was the cast and how at ease they were with each other. The whole show was masterfully conducted and the sound effects really amused and amazed me.
I had no dislikes about the show – my only criticism would be that I could have watched another 3 short stories from this show!
Parking in Windsor is very easy; however it is not the cheapest. I parked the car in the multi-storey (King Edward Court) where the prices are the most reasonable in Windsor. This car park is slightly further away but still within a 5-10 minute walks from the theatre. The closest car park is Thames Avenue or River Street – both are pay and display car parks. If you are a resident of Windsor and Maidenhead you can get discounts on parking if you have displayed a valid permit (you can get these permits from the local council).
The theatre itself is great. It has the look and feel of how theatres would have been back in the day. It’s not very big but this adds to the experience. The entrance of the theatre looks quite grand with the ticket office to the right of the entrance and the coat-checking area to the left. There are always at least 2-3 staff present to help guide you should you need it.
The theatre was mostly clean – however I did notice that there were some disposable cups left under the seats in front of me. Not a huge deal, however it was something that I noticed. The rest of the theatre was clean and tidy. The women’s toilets were clean, however the toilet seats were close to falling off on a couple of them and some of the flushes did not work properly so they remained unflushed for the next user.
Overall impression was that the staff was very polite and genuinely helpful. I was greeted by a member of staff at the ticket office window with a smile. After I told her that I was there to pick up a couple of tickets that were left for me she took my name and promptly found my tickets. She was very helpful and polite towards all other theatre-goers before and after me.
The bar staff were also very polite. We went to the theatre bar during the intermission. The range of food and beverages available was very good. My drink was served in a glass, so when the break was finished and we were asked to take our seats again I asked whether we were allowed to take drinks back into the theatre. The bar staff promptly exchanged my glass for a disposable one so that I did not have to finish my drink before going back to watch the rest of the show.
Overall satisfaction – I think I can safely say that it was very high! Very impressed with the performance and the theatre was a great setting for this show as it had the nostalgic feel from when you entered the building to throughout the performance.
I would highly recommend this show and theatre to anyone who enjoys going to the theatre. I would give the show an overall rating of 5 out of 5. I would give the theatre an overall rating of 4 out of 5 – this is simply due to the condition of the toilets and some disposable rubbish left in the theatre.
A brilliant and nostalgic show of Agatha Christie BBC Radio drama shows performed live on stage.
Tickets cost from £13 to £35.
Agatha Christie’s Murder On Air is at the Theatre Royal Windsor until 23 August 2014. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01753 853 888.
Theatre Royal Windsor, Thames Street, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1PS | 01753 853 888