30 January to 4 February 2017
Reviewed by Deborah Goodliffe
We were able to park a five minute walk away from the theatre and was free to park during the evening. There is a multi-storey carpark next to the theatre and there is outdoor parking all around the Theatre District – parking was no problem at all.
The building is easily accessible into its main entrance. If you approach it from the back of the building as we did then it can be a little confusing where the entrance actually is. The building is modern and purpose built.
The toilets in all areas were clean and modern and have disabled and mother and baby facilities. These were located by most theatre entrance doors on all floors. The building was clean with fresh modern decor.
Bar staff were friendly and asked us what we were seeing and engaged in conversation freely. There was a piano player in the lounge bar with comfortable leather sofas. There were three different bar areas and coffee was served at two of them.
The theatre itself is large and seats approximately 1000 people. There didn’t seem to be any viewing obstructions i.e. pillar anywhere. The decor is very neutral and the focus is all on the staging.
Not Dead Enough is the stage adaptation of the novel by the same name by Peter James and is directed by Ian Talbot. Shane Richie plays DC Roy Grace who is in charge of finding a serial killer. The serial killer makes the case personal to Roy by going after his girlfriend, played by Laura Whitmore who appeared in Strictly Come Dancing and has hosted the BAFTA awards. The cast of eight actors adapt the murder mystery novel to the stage, unfortunately it didn’t seem to translate to the stage well and seemed a bit ‘who done it.’ The acting was very wooden in places and there were several mistakes, mostly from Shane Richie which took the focus off its flow and you were waiting for the next hiccup! Richie never felt a million miles away from EastEnders Alfie Moon and his performance was ‘cheeky chappy’ and frankly disappointing. Stage chemistry was thin on the ground and Laura Whitmore and Gemma Atkins were the only believable performances of note. Maybe the play will develop with time as the use of stage and setting was good and simple to follow and appreciate. All in all not a bad play that may well get better reviews with time.
Tickets cost from £16.90 to £46.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Not Dead Enough is at Milton Keynes Theatre until 4 February 2017. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 8717652.
Milton Keynes Theatre, 500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK9 3NZ