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.