29 September to 4 October 2014
Reviewed by Tracey Flintham
The Grand Opera House in York is easily accessible with bus stops and parking close by. We parked in the Castle carpark which was just a couple of minutes’ walk away from the theatre and the parking is £2 for unlimited evening parking, which can be paid by coins or card payment.
The theatre doesn’t look too impressive from the outside but once inside it has lots of characteristics and features you expect from an old theatre. The theatre has been kept in a good condition and very clean throughout the building. There was a good sized bar area selling alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and there were further bars and refreshment areas in different parts of the theatre.
I was directed to the tickets stand and collected the tickets and we were then given directions on how to get to our seats in the stalls. All the members of staff we came across were polite and helpful.
We took our seats and the performance started promptly. The stage set was in 2 areas, the Smiley’s house and Kamila’s room. The performance starts with Victor stating his plans to create the perfect murder, based on his knowledge from watching various detective programmes. The story then jumps to a Sunday in the Smiley’s house and seeing how Victor and his wife Joan, live in not so perfect harmony together. We then see Kamila, who is Victor’s lover help a young detective Grace solve a murder case of a young boy using her psychic powers.
Meanwhile, Joan has met a boyfriend with whom she plans to leave Victor and start a new life. It seems like they have a fool proof plan to remove Victor from their lives but it doesn’t go as smoothly as they would like.
The actors in the show are all familiar faces from the television screen. They all played the parts wonderfully and the actors playing Joan and Victor are very convincing playing the argumentative married couple. The show has lots of dark humour and plenty of twists and turns in the story. We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening and as an added bonus, Peter James, who was the author of the original book, The Perfect Murder was in the audience and was going to undertake a ‘question and answer’ session. It was interesting to hear from the author and the actors from the play were on stage to take questions too. On leaving the theatre we bumped into some of the cast outside and had a little chat and photos taken with them. All in all a perfect evening, although I might not eat macaroons for a while!
Tickets cost from £11.90 to £37.90 (plus £4 transaction fee).
The Perfect Murder is at the Grand Opera House, York until 4 October 2014. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 8713024.
Grand Opera House York, Clifford and Cumberland Street, York, YO1 9SW | 0844 8713024