Deathtrap felt a little unsteady from the offset. It opened with an unnecessary and horrifically loud sound effect. There were moments when I felt unsure of the intention – comedic or serious.
The floorboards in Sidney Bruhl’s isolated barn conversion may squeak underfoot, but there’s nothing creaky about Adam Penford’s smart revival of Ira Levin’s 1978 play Deathtrap.
Having last been seen in the West End in 2012, Chicago still proves to be a popular and sassy musical with an exquisite layer of dark humour at the centre of it, focusing on the darker side of fame.
The tale of murder, deception and glamour is played out against the backdrop of Cook County Jail, where dazzling black costumes and stage lights replace orange jumpsuits and jail bars. The media’s morbid fascination with some of its more attractive criminals enables Roxie and Velma to engineer a route to a new life of celebrity.
David Ian, producer of the international award-winning musical CHICAGO, has announced that one of Britain’s most-loved soap stars, Jessie Wallace, will play the role of ‘Mama Morton’.
Dark energy: There is considerable entertainment in Peter James’ The Perfect Murder, an unremarkable, grimly humorous murder mystery elevated by the efforts of Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace.
There really is such a thing as the perfect murder, so the audience is informed by a gleeful Victor Smiley near the beginning of this play: it’s the one you’ve never heard of.