Reviewed by Cate Norris
Nottingham has kicked off its 2017 ‘Classic Thriller Season’ with a corker of a show that has set the bar high for its following productions. This annual, thrilling event is now in its 29th year and if the start of this year’s season is anything to go by, it looks like it’s still going strong. This year’s line-up consists of three classic thrillers: ‘Dial M for Murder’, JB Priestley’s ’Dangerous Corner’ and ‘Marie Lloyd and the Music Hall Murder’. Each show runs from Tuesday until Saturday with evening performances, as well as some matinees on selected days. Combined tickets can be purchased to attend all three shows and cost £54 for evening shows or £45 for matinee performances. Individual tickets can also be purchased and range from £16-£24.
Having never been to the Nottingham Playhouse before, I found it without any problems and noticed there were many places to park within close proximity to the theatre. With it being a Tuesday evening, I managed to park on the street near the theatre and only paid £1. It really is the little things in life, as I knew there and then that I was in for a great night. The staff at the Nottingham Playhouse were warm, friendly and welcoming and I have to say that although the ‘Thriller Season’ is ordinarily performed at the Theatre Royal (undergoing maintenance work), The Playhouse, with its 50’s/60’s architecture, compliments the atmosphere that is created on stage and I felt as though I had been transported to another decade, inside and out.
Although ‘Dial M for Murder’ is very well known, I was not familiar with the storyline. This was great for me as I was expecting a murder mystery which it is not. It is however, intensely gripping and I don’t think my eyes left that stage for a second or even dared to blink. I was completely wrapped up in the story and could not wait to find out what would happen next. I am not sure if the same effect would be had, if the ending was already known, however there was a good turnout for this show and given its reputation I assumed that members of the audience were au fait with the plot but possibly wanted to see its adaptation for theatre.
Credit has to be given to the incredible cast who all put on strong performances. What stood out throughout this show was their impeccable timing and awareness of what the audience needs, in order to believe. I would certainly recommend seeing this show, as well as any of the forthcoming shows in the ‘Thriller Season’ as I don’t think this cast would disappoint, besides who doesn’t love a thriller? And remember those matinees if you scare easily, so that the walk back to the car afterward isn’t so imaginative!
Tickets cost from £16 to £24 (booking fees may apply).
Dial M for Murder is at the Nottingham Playhouse from 11-15 July 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk or call the box office on 0115 941 9419.
Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham, NG1 5AF | 0115 941 9419