And Then There Were None Milton Keynes Theatre Review


Reviewed by Janine Rumble

‘And Then There Were None’ is a gripping theatrical adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery novel.  The play was performed at the Milton Keynes theatre as part of its countrywide tour and is there till 10th February.

From the moment the curtain lifted, till the curtain came down, the audience and I were transported into a world of suspense, intrigue, and deception.  The premise of the play being that ten complete strangers are invited to spend the weekend on an isolated island off of the coast of Devon, by the illusive Owens.  A storm comes in and the Owens are a no show.  After an uneventful dinner, all ten guests are accused of murder and what follows is intrigue and murder, all to the nursery rhyme of Ten Little Soldiers.

One of the standout aspects of the show was the clever use of foreshadowing.  From the very beginning, subtle hints and clues were dropped, building anticipation and setting the stage for the shocking revelations to come.  Throughout the show, I was routing for different characters, drawn in by their stories, but I was enthralled by it and so engrossed in it that I could not work out ‘whodunnit’, then when the villain was finally revealed in a visually disturbing finale, I put all the clues together and thought “Of course, it had to be …! Why didn’t I figure it out?”

Photo credit: Manuel Harlan

The performances, by the star-studded cast, were outstanding.  The cast included Bob Barrett (of Holby City fame), Joseph Beattie (Hex and Silent Witness fame), Oliver Clayton, Jeffery Kissoon, Andrew Lancel (of The Bill and Coronation Street fame), Nicola May-Taylor, Louise McNulty, Katy Stephens, Lucy Tregear, Sophie Walter, Matt Weyland and David Yelland (Poirot, Foyle’s War and The Crown). Each actor fully immersed themselves in their respective characters.  Easily conveying the growing tension and paranoia amongst the guests on the island, whilst keeping the audience on the edge of their seats.  The actors skilfully portrayed the complex personalities and hidden motives of each character, leaving the audience guessing until the very end.

The suspenseful plot unfolded seamlessly, with each twist and turn expertly executed.  The pace was well-maintained, keeping the audience engaged throughout the entire performance.  The clever use of lighting and sound effects further heightened the suspense.

The costumes were another highlight of the production.  The attention to detail in the period costumes was remarkable, capturing the elegance and style of the 1930s.  The costumes not only added authenticity to the performance but also provided valuable insights into each character’s personality and status.

The set design was simple and with drapes used to separate the stage into the house and the island it stood upon.  The attention to detail was impeccable, and it truly felt like stepping into a different era.

Overall, ‘And Then There Were None’ was an enthralling theatrical experience that kept the audience captivated from start to finish.  The exceptional set design, outstanding performances, and clever storytelling combined to create a truly immersive and memorable show.  This production is a must-see for any fans of Agatha Christie’s work or anyone who loves a good ‘whodunnit’ mystery.

I recommend seeing this show and give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Rating: 4/5

Tickets available from £13.00 subject to a transaction fee of £3.80

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