Deathtrap at the Grove Theatre Dunstable Review

Grove Theatre, Dunstable

Reviewed by Patricia Shaw

Written by Ira Levin, Talking Scarlet and Eastbourne Theatres’ production of Deathtrap was on stage at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable on 28th& 29thJune 2013.

On arrival at the Grove, collecting tickets was quick and easy. It is a modern venue with a spacious and bright foyer where you can find the box office, toilet facilities, and the bar which serves a wide range of drinks and snacks. The staff were all well-presented, polite and friendly.

The curtain opened on a beautifully designed set – simple but effective – and the lead character, Sidney Bruhl, sitting pensively at his desk. It was slow at the start and my thoughts turned to some of the awful plays I have seen. I needn’t have worried as it soon picked up with slick dialogue and excellent performances from all five cast members which culminated in a hugely enjoyable evening.

Stephen Beckett, from Coronation Street and The Bill, portrayed the lead character very effectively; Jo Castleton, who played his wife Myra, gave a wonderful performance of a concerned wife. Griffin Stevens as the young playwright Clifford Anderson has left images imprinted on my memory and Clair Vousden, as the Dutch psychic Helga ten Dorp, added a wonderful element of comedy. John Hester who played the solicitor Porter Milgrim should be congratulated on his directing of this excellent production.

Highly recommended but with a word of advice: Think carefully about going if you have a heart condition or are heavily pregnant. The posters suggested that it would keep you on the edge of your seat – well actually I jumped out of mine at each unexpected and dramatic twist.

The current tour of this production continues at The Lyceum Theatre in Crewe from 1st-3rdJuly and then on to The Playhouse in Weston-Super-Mare from 4th-6thJuly.

Rating: 5/5

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