Reviewed by Louise Edwards
It is hard to imagine what to expect from a show that is advertised as a comedy, a musical and a murder as Murder for Two, showing at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham this week. However, that is of course the perfect description, and it does all three extremely well. The exceptionally talented duo behind the spectacle, Jeremy Legat and Ed MacArthur put together an extremely entertaining, cleverly written, impeccably timed performance that keeps the audience captivated to their every move.
Murder for Tea, written by Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair, is set in New England. The play opens as the great American novelist, Arthur Witney, is shot dead at a surprise birthday party held for him at his home. Legat, plays all of the suspects – his resentful wife, ballerina lover, crime fighting niece, overly friendly psychiatrist, a group of 9-year-old boys, and more. MacArthur plays the ambitious Officer Marcus Moscowicz, a small-town policeman, who is first on the scene along with his (invisible) partner, Lou. It is the job of Officer Marcus to solve the murder (and the small matter of an ice cream thief) before the detectives arrive so he can impress, with the hope of promotion.
The performing pair (chiefly Legat) play 13 characters in total as well as piano duets and solos in the various characters and the actions and laughs are non-stop with a total of 11 songs throughout the two acts.
Lighting, by Chris Withers, assists in creating the atmosphere and characters. The set is simple and props are few allowing the sheer talent of Legat and MacArthur, as well as the magnificent script, to shine through.
The show runs for around two hours including a 20 minute interval.
The result is high energy, refreshing, original and makes a fantastic night of theatre. By the final scenes the audience have fallen under the spell of the crazy antics and everyone comes away smiling.
Tickets cost from £12 to £28.50 (booking fees may apply).
Murder For Two is at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham from 26-28 November 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.trch.co.uk or call the box office on 0115 989 5555.
Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, Theatre Square, Nottingham, NG1 5ND