26-28 May 2016
Reviewed by Lucy Lowndes
The Buxton Opera House is very easy to locate once you have arrived in Buxton. It is signposted well and is in the centre of the town near to the park.
We arrived in Buxton shortly after 7pm and were lucky enough to find a parking space outside the park, spaces here are limited but there are more spaces available behind the Opera House. If you arrive after 6pm parking is also free.
We collected our tickets from the very helpful lady at the ticket desk, and made our way upstairs to the bar for a pre-show drink. The prices in the bar are quite reasonable for theatre prices. A small glass of wine costs approximately £3.50.
Once we had finished our drinks we made our way to our seats. Our seats were located in the dress circle and we were sitting on row D seats 25 and 26. The view of the stage was perfect.
The performance started promptly at 7.30pm. The stage had just one set on it which different props were added to and removed throughout the performance to give you the impression that they were in different buildings.
The story starts with a lady speaking to Father Brown in his church explaining that her niece had received a threatening letter. Father Brown then joins the aunt and her niece in a studio to read the letter. The aunt explains that over the years she has been collecting daggers, and each person that had previously owned the daggers had died and mysteriously disappeared. The letter was asking her to leave the last remaining dagger for the niece’s ex-boyfriend to collect… The story continues from here with more deaths and jumps.
The first 10 minutes of the show was quite slow to get into but once you had a picture of the story and how the mystery was unfolding it soon had you gripped.
Father Brown was played by the excellent actor John Lyons, who is most famous for acting alongside David Jason in A Touch of Frost.
Overall the production was gripping and enjoyable to watch. I would definitely recommend this show to any murder mystery fan, or a fan of the television programme of the same name.
For shows at the Buxton Opera House visit www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.
Buxton Opera House, Water Street, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6XN | 0845 127 2190