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Mar 20th

Strangers on a Train @ The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

By Yvonne Delahaye

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Have you ever wondered anything about your fellow passengers when you’re travelling by train?  Nowadays some people seem to enjoy having long conversations on their mobiles with no thought as to who is listening, so you get to know more than you ever wanted!  But, what if you were on a long journey and got chatting to someone over a drink or three, who turned out to be a psychopath?  That’s the premise of Strangers on a Train, written in 1950 by Patricia Highsmith and turned into a psychological thriller film noir by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. The film starred Farley Granger, Ruth Roman and Robert Walker and is number 32 on AFI’s 100 Years...100 Thrills.

Turning this classic into a stage play must have been extremely challenging on many levels.  Just how do you recreate a train and a series of rooms and sets?  Clockwork Scenery has designed and constructed a set that is absolutely incredible and deserves a huge credit for making this play work.  I couldn’t quite work out how they’d done it, but all I can say is it’s brilliantly clever and effective.  The play is written by Craig Warner, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith.

Without giving anything away, the play opens on the train as two strangers get drunk together and Guy Haines (played by Call The Midwife’s Jack Ashton) bemoans the fact that his wife won’t divorce him.  Charles Bruno (Chris Harper) has a novel suggestion for dealing with this situation....

Chris Harper became a reviled soap villain playing the manipulative Nathan in Coronation Street, who lured Bethany into a life of prostitution.  Thankfully as soon as he started speaking in a very good American accent, we lost all traces of Nathan and accepted him as Charles Bruno.  He totally inhabits the role of this deranged psychopath, giving a dangerous and energetic performance that is totally compelling to watch.  With a good body of theatre work, including Shakespeare, to his credit I think Chris has a long and successful career ahead of him.  At the moment he is carving out a niche playing dark, tortured characters, but I suspect he could also play comedy equally well.

John Middleton is best known for playing Ashley Thomas in Emmerdale and recently won Best Actor and Best Male Dramatic Performance at the 2017 British Soap Awards.  Here he plays the family friend, who used to be a policeman, Arthur Cerard who has an inkling of what’s been happening.

Helen Anderson, as Elsie Bruno, gives a good rounded performance as the mother of Charles who loves her boy no matter what he does.  Hannah Tointon plays Anne Faulkner who tries to understand why the man she loves has become distant and preoccupied.

The first 20 minutes need some concentration to get drawn into the intimate setting of the train and tune into the American accent, but after that the action moves on apace.  The play continues at The Waterside Theatre until Saturday 24th March 2018 and from 27th-31st March at New Theatre, Cardiff.

Reviewed by:

Yvonne Delahaye



Mar 13th

The Barricade Boys @ The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

By Yvonne Delahaye

Opening a show with a ballad is a high-risk strategy, but if I’d been a judge on The Voice I’d have turned my chair on the first note!  With the angelic vocals of Simon Schofield launching into ‘I Dreamed a Dream’, joined by the rest of the Barricade Boys with tight harmonies, the audience were captivated within seconds.  It was a superb start to what was one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time.

The Barricade Boys was formed by Simon and Scott Garnham, two very seasoned West End Musical Theatre performers.  All of the team are industry professionals and the show was created to provide superior entertainment for the professional theatre market and corporate industry.  The Barricade Boys have played major roles in musical theatre from The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and Billy Elliott to Jersey Boys, The Sound of Music and, of course, Les Miserables.

Since forming two years ago, they’ve toured the world on cruises, appeared at St James Theatre on Broadway with TV appearances including The Paul O’Grady Show and This Morning.  From 5th-23rd December 2017, the boys had a residency at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new theatre The Other Palace and featured an array of special guests including Matt Lucas, Michael Xavier and Rachel Tucker.

After the first number, the boys introduced themselves and upped the tempo to sing Stuck in the Middle With You, then a medley from The Blues Brothers, followed by Volaire before being joined by kids from the Pauline Quirke Academy.  It’s a great idea to involve a local stage school as you’re guaranteed seats will be filled with proud family and friends and it helps to connect with the audience even more.  A mix of songs from Motown and the hauntingly beautiful Going Home song from Les Miserables followed, ending the first half with songs from Jersey Boys

The second act opened with the boys being joined again by the Pauline Quirke Academy to sing A Million Dreams, from the soundtrack of The Greatest Showman.  After some rock n’ roll, there was a lovely 4-part harmony version of Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror.  These guys can sing anything and adapt to all genres of music, so the challenge was to create a jazz/swing song from the comedy song Master of the House.  As a jazz singer myself, I loved it and it really did work.

Supported by The Barricade Boys band, keyboard player and MD James Doughty had his own chance to shine, with a storming version of It Don’t Mean a Thing, showing his incredible vocals talents as well.

Next came a disco era of songs from the 70s, squeezing in a fabulous rendition of Uptown Funk as well, followed by a magnificent version of Bohemian Rhapsody.  They couldn’t forget The Beatles influence on pop music and sang a couple of numbers to finish.  The audience were on their feet stomping and clapping for more, so the encore had to be another song from Les Miserables, One More Day.

Their versatility, incredible vocals and harmonies, dance moves, energy, enthusiasm and stage presence make this a show not to be missed.  I was smiling all the way through, singing along to the songs and wished I qualified to become one of the team, but I’m the wrong gender!  They were having so much fun and the theatre was filled with a warmth and happiness that rarely happens.  Book your ticket NOW, it’ll be one of the best decisions you make!

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This week:

Wednesday 14th @ Grand Opera House, York

Thursday 15th @ Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

Saturday 17th @ Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent

Sunday 18th @ Southport Theatre & Convention Centre, Southport

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Reviewed by:

Yvonne Delahaye


12th March 2018




Mar 7th

Son of a Preacher Man @ The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

By Yvonne Delahaye

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Dusty Springfield was born Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien on 16th April 1939 in West Hampstead, but was brought up in High Wycombe until the early 50s.  Starting her career in 1958, Mary was a folk singer and joined a band called the Lana Sisters, leaving them in 1960 to form a pop-folk trio with her brother Tom called The Springfields.  They chose the name whilst rehearsing in a field and so ‘Dusty Springfield’ was created.

One of the few female singers who were iconic enough to be known just by their first names, Dusty enjoyed huge chart success throughout the 60s. With her rich mezzo-soprano voice, she garnered fans from around the globe and had hit after hit. The Look of Love was written by Burt Bacharach for the 1967 Bond parody Casino Royale and was nominated for an Oscar for best song.

After the huge international success of Mama Mia, there’s been a huge demand for shows based on the music of some of the best known singers.  Son of a Preacher Man is set in a former Soho club, where three broken-hearted people meet to try and find the ‘Preacher Man’ to help heal their hearts.  Trying to match lyrics with a storyline is not an easy task and this conceit is very clunky and at times ridiculous.

The actors try their best to believe in this ludicrous plotline and I really felt for them as it’s so hard to give credibility to this bunkum.  There were some very odd decisions taken which had the audience laughing for all the wrong reasons, e.g. someone popping in and out with a trombone, dancing with a chair as if in love with it and ending a song with everyone collapsing on the floor….?  We were all looking at one another in disbelief! 'Wishin' & Hoping' took on a new meaning.....

The second act was a fraction better than the first and there was a very good version of ‘A House is Not a Home’.  The songs of course are what people want to hear and if you can filter out the rest of the show I’m sure people will go home singing ‘I Only Want to Be With You’, ‘The Look of Love’, ‘Anyone Who Had a Heart’ and ‘Son of a Preacher Man’. 

A new authorised biographical musical 'Dusty' is in production and starts touring in June.  Meanwhile, if you’re a big fan of the songs, Son of a Preacher Man tours the UK till 2nd July and continues at The Waterside until Saturday 10th March.


Reviewed by:

Yvonne Delahaye



Feb 28th

This is Elvis @ The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

By Yvonne Delahaye

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The enduring appeal of Elvis ‘the Pelvis’ (over  40 years after his untimely death in 1977 at the age of 42) makes it hard to believe that in 1968 he was considered to have had his day.  It had been 7 years since his last concert in Hawaii and his popularity had been eclipsed by the Beatles and other British bands.  A string of average movies and songs left him in the shadows, but when a special TV show was broadcast in December 1968, his career was reignited. 

Elvis’s notorious manager, Colonel Tom Parker, negotiated a fee of $1.25 million with NBC for the TV show and subsequent album.  Producer/director Steve Binder taped Elvis in a small room singing old hits, gospel and classic rock and roll songs, musically supported by close friends in front of a very close audience.  Four one-hour sessions were recorded with Elvis dressed in black leather and spliced together to make the final TV show.

The TV show was such a huge hit that it became known as the ’68 Comeback Special, as it rejuvenated Elvis career.  Taking full advantage of his renewed popularity, Colonel Parker secured Elvis a four-week engagement at the International  Hotel  in Las Vegas and the rest, as they say, is history!

The first act of This is Elvis recreates all the dramas surrounding the filming of the iconic TV show, building a picture of his relationships with Priscilla and Colonel Parker, up to rehearsals before opening night at Vegas.  The second act gives us a full-blown concert as performed by Elvis at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, featuring a plethora of hits from That’s All Right Mama, Viva Las Vegas, Blue Suede Shoes, It’s Now or Never, The Wonder of You to Jailhouse Rock and many, many more.....

Canadian actor/singer Steve Michaels totally captures Elvis’s vocal dexterity, exciting stage presence and charisma.  His performance is so authentic you can almost believe you’re in the presence of The King himself!  With a superb ensemble cast of talented actor/musicians, the show takes us down memory lane and sparkles with the magic of an everlasting icon.  Elvis was definitely ‘in the building’ and if you’re a fan, this show should not be missed!

The show runs at The Waterside until Saturday 3rd March.  For tour dates and booking please visit

Reviewed by:

Yvonne Delahaye



Feb 21st

The Case of the Frightened Lady @ The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

By Yvonne Delahaye

Following the phenomenal success of The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, which sold approximately two million tickets over a decade of first class productions, comes a new chapter from Bill Kenwright’s Classic Thriller Theatre Company. The Case of the Frightened Lady by Edgar Wallace is adapted by Antony Lampard and directed by Roy Marsden with design by Julie Godfrey, lighting design by Chris Davey and sound design by Dan Samson.
Edgar Wallace is one of the most popular and prolific crime writers of the 20th Century and the brains behind the iconic film, KING KONG. Having written more than 150 detective novels throughout his career Edgar Wallace’s gripping page-turners are regarded as the bedrock of the modern thriller and The Case of the Frightened Lady remains one of his most celebrated works.
Featuring TV favourites Gray O’Brien (Coronation Street, The Bill, Casualty) and Rula Lenska (Rock Follies, Doctor Who, EastEnders); Denis Lill (The Royal, Only Fools and Horses), Charlie Clements (EastEnders), Philip Lowrie (Coronation Street), April Pearson (Skins), Ben Nealon (Soldier Soldier) and Glenn Carter (Jesus Christ Superstar). The cast is completed by Callum Coates, Owen Oldroyd and Rosie Thomson.
When Inspector Tanner is called in to investigate a ruthless murder at Mark’s Priory, the grand ancestral home of the Lebanon family, he quickly discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. The household is controlled by the family physician, the footmen behave more like guests than servants and the secretary Isla is afraid for her life. As Tanner moves closer to the heart of the mystery he uncovers a shocking and closely guarded secret…
The whole production takes places in the grand entrance to the Lebanon home where initially a fancy dress party is taking place.  Someone gets murdered and the detectives arrive to try and solve the crime.  It’s not a gripping play and with only one set, which overwhelms the stage and without different levels or seating to add interest and action, it’s hard to engage.  Vocally it wasn’t easy to hear a lot of the actors either, I’m not sure if there were technical issues, but it all felt very pedestrian and I actually didn’t care ‘whodunnit’!
If you enjoy seeing some of your favourite TV actors live on stage, the play runs at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre till Saturday 24h February Box Office, call 0844 871 7607 (bkg fee) or visit and continues touring, for details.
Reviewed by:
Yvonne Delahaye






Jan 6th

One Night of Queen @ The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

By Yvonne Delahaye

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There has never been a greater showman than the sorely missed Freddie Mercury.  He knew how to strut his stuff, totally owning the stage beaming his colossal personality out to tens of thousands of people.  He was unique with his extraordinary vocal range and incredible musical talents and no-one can compare to him.  Many have tried to emulate him, but he’s a one-off and we’re unlikely to see the like ever again.

Prior to the formation of Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor played in a band called Smile. Freddie Mercury was a fan of theirs and suggested the name Queen when he joined them in 1970.  Prior to their first eponymous album release, in 1973, John Deacon joined the band and that was the beginning of the legendary band we all know and love.  With the release of the album A Night at the Opera, featuring Bohemian Rhapsody, in 1975 the band went stratospheric.   ‘Bo-ho Rap’ stayed at number one in the UK for 9 weeks and the music video helped to popularise their use to promote songs.

Hit after hit followed We Will Rock You, We are the Champions, Another One Bites the Dust to name but a few.  Their performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert has been ranked among the greatest in rock history by various music publications, especially as Freddie captivated the world with his energy and exhibitionism.  Tragically, Freddie died in 1991 and we must wonder what other extraordinary music he may have created.  John Deacon retired in 1997, but May and Taylor continue to perform under the name Queen with guest lead vocalists Paul Rogers and Adam Lambert.

Gary Mullen, as a lifelong fan of Queen, decided to enter ITV’s Stars in Their Eyesfor a laugh’ and ended up winning the Live Grand Final!  That was in 2000 and Gary has been touring globally ever since creating his show, after forming a band called The Works.  

No-one can doubt Gary’s energy as he gives 110% from the moment he comes on stage.  He keeps himself fit and flexible by lifting weights and practicing yoga on tour and he wouldn’t be able to do his job without regular exercise.  He certainly has Freddie’s strut and moves off to a tee, as he is constantly moving around the stage.  Unfortunately that means that sometimes he puts too much energy into the movements and less into the vocals.  We found it hard to hear the lyrics on most of the songs and the tempo was so fast the band had problems catching up.  It was very much a ‘one-man’ show and most of the band weren’t even lit!  David Brockett (Brian May) had a few opportunities to shine with some iconic solo instrumentals, but overall the band weren’t as tight as they should have been.

Half-way through the first half, we overheard one lady saying ‘he’s beginning to grow on me’, which was very telling.  I felt that if he’d spent less time on the showmanship and more on working together as a band, the show would have been a lot better.  Not that most of the audience minded, as people stood up and sang along to all the timeless songs.  The theatre was nearly full and although the average age would seem to be people in their 60s, it was good to see new generations of fans being introduced to Queen’s music.

Freddie Mercury is inimitable, but this show is entertaining and Queen fans may enjoy a night of memories.

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Yvonne Delahaye




Dec 15th

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs @ The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

By Yvonne Delahaye

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Walking gingerly along ice-covered pavements with snow stacked up on the side and seeing the glittering Christmas lights glowing certainly puts one in the festive mood!  Without the lights, December would be very bleak as we wait for the winter equinox on 21st, heralding the start of winter and longer days. Pantomime plays an important role in these dark days, bringing colour, fun, laughter and mayhem to brighten up our lives.

This year’s pantomime at The Waterside is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs starring the sublime Su Pollard as the Wicked Queen. Su is a real trooper, with her unique energy, humour and enthusiasm she captivates you and it’s hard to think of her as ‘the baddie’, as she’s so likeable. She also has a great singing voice and her opening number ‘One Way or Another’ sets the scene nicely.

Often the leading lady is someone who’s made their name on reality TV and not for having any specific talent, so they can be quite weak.  This year it was good to see Jenna Innes as Snow White, who can actually act, sing and dance, having recently graduated from the Musical Theatre Academy in London. Walking straight into a leading role, she nailed it and I can see a great career ahead for her.

Jon Moses really looks the part of the tall, handsome Prince who rocks a pair of tights and a sparkling tabard, charming Snow White and you could believe they would fall in love at first sight.  Best known as a finalist in ITV’s Superstar, Jon has a wonderfully rich singing voice and I imagine he would be the Prince kids would envision.

In his seventh year of panto at the Waterside, Andy Collins makes his entrance on an inflatable ‘My Little Pony, introducing his character ‘Muddles’ to start the merriment. We have the usual setting up of whether or not he’d be doing ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’, without any doubt that he would of course as we all love to join in.  Be prepared for a good water dousing though and you could do (as I did) and take an umbrella! 

To complete the comedy double act with Muddles, La Voix returns for the second year to play the Nurse.  She has a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and is a strong singer and performer.  The only thing that I was concerned about was that a few of the lines were verging on being cruel.  Insulting the audience is par for the course in panto, but one or two of the lines felt a bit too personal.

A buzz of excitement permeated through the theatre, as the real-life dwarfs arrived to cheers and claps.  Some theatres use children dressed up and that really isn’t right, as there are plenty of actors who can play the roles.  With Kieran Dumont as Pop, Andy Herd as Sneezer, Kyle Herd as Soppy, Darren Horan as Kip, Emma Jones as Smiler, Trevor Jones as Grouchy and Kevin O’Leary as Twicher, we were a bit confused as to why the names had been changed, perhaps it’s something to do with copyright?

It’s all good fun and the elaborate opening up of the dwarfs’ house was very clever.  The finale costumes were gorgeous pinks and silver and the sheer energy, cornucopia of dazzlingly colourful costumes, impressive sets, mischief and hilarity is the perfect way to get us into the mood for Christmas and forget about the weather!

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs runs at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury until Sunday December 31 with morning, afternoon and evening performances. Tickets cost from £11.75. Box office 0844 871 7607 or book online at

Reviewed by:

Yvonne Delahaye



Nov 21st

Flashdance @ The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

By Yvonne Delahaye

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It’s interesting to see how things have changed since 1980 when the film Fame (which spawned the popular TV show set in a performing arts academy), showed aspiring actors/dancers/singers that to succeed you’d have to go to an academy to train. Nowadays today’s reality TV talent shows offer people a fast route to fame and fortune without necessarily having the training to support them.

Following on from the success of Fame, came the 1983 American romantic drama film Flashdance directed by Adrian Lyne.  Although it opened to negative reviews from the professional critics, it became a surprise box office success, becoming the third highest-grossing film that year in the US. Worldwide it grossed more than $100 million and its soundtrack created hit songs, including the Academy Award winning song ‘Flashdance – What a Feeling’ sung by Irene Cara.

The story is a familiar one of how someone can triumph over adversity, despite the obstacles thrown in the way.  Alex Owens (Joanne Clifton) is a factory welder, who dances at a cabaret club in the evening, but dreams of becoming a professional dancer and aspires to win a place at the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy.  Along the way she falls in love with factory boss Nick Hurley (Ben Adams), but the course of true love never did run smoothly and with friends whose dreams of stardom also turn sour, will they all find what they’re searching for?

The opening number in a show really needs to grab your attention and set the scene, but this one didn’t do it for me.  The band seemed to be drowning out the vocals throughout the show and the tune and lyrics to the opening number failed to set the stage alight.   There are some great tracks in the show though, which were hits in their own right, ‘Maniac’, ‘Gloria’, ‘I Love Rock and Roll’ and the title track ‘Flashdance...What a Feeling’, which also won the Golden Globe as well as the Oscar for best original song.

The 80s was the time of big hair, Jane Fonda work-out videos, lycra and leg warmers and the show captures all of these.  For a show about dance though, I felt the dancers were a bit short-changed as there was potential for using more of the stage space on different levels with more acrobatic moves.  It was a shame we didn’t see enough of their talents until the encore.  Some of the routines before were so frenetic to the fast beats of the music, there wasn’t time to appreciate them.        

Strictly Come Dancing’s Joanne Clifton works incredibly hard throughout the show and by the end you almost feel you’ve been watching an aerobics workout. A1 pop singer Ben Adams has a lovely voice and the chemistry worked really well between them.

The show runs at The Waterside, Aylesbury until Saturday 25th November.  For further dates, visit:


Reviewed by:

Yvonne Delahaye




Nov 7th

Hairspray @ The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

By Yvonne Delahaye

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Based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray, this American musical was written by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, with music by Marc Shaiman who co-wrote the lyrics with Scott Wittman. In 2003 it won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, out of 13 nominations and ran for 2,642 performances closing on 4th January 2009. The London production was nominated for a record-setting eleven Laurence Olivier Awards and won four, including Best New Musical.

It’s Baltimore in 1962 and Tracy Turnblad, the big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance programme. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, whilst trying to win the heart of local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way!

Sadly the themes of bullying and racial segregation are still as relevant today as in the early 60s when the show is set.  The 2007 film starring Nikki Blonsky as Tracy and featuring John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer, became a cult and has ensured the continued success of the stage musical.

Personally, I can’t say that I enjoyed the film, but I was interested to see how it translated onto the stage.  There were some brilliant dance routines, lots of energy, gorgeous costumes and some powerful singing....but something just wasn’t there for me.  As my actress friend said ‘I just don’t care about anyone and the script seems quite thin.’ OK that doesn’t  stop any of the fans enjoying the show and there are some really great performances.  Whenever Gina Murray was on stage, playing unscrupulous TV producer Velma Von Tussle, the show lifted to a higher level. Gina really knows how to work the audience and her belting voice was sublime.

Another powerful performance came from Brenda Edwards as Motormouth Maybelle and boy how appropriate is that name...what a tremendous voice she has and again she’s someone who knows how to command the stage.

Some lovely comedy moments were provided by Norman Pace as Wilbur Turnblad and Matt Rixon as his wife Edna Turnblad.  They certainly made ‘You’re Timeless to Me’ their own and eked out every bit of comedy.

Layton Williams as Seaweed acrobatics and dancing were mesmerising.

Showbusiness is a very fickle world and some people get incredibly lucky early on, whereas 95% of people work hard for years and years before getting a break.  So Rebecca Mendoza should count her blessings as she walked straight out of stage school into playing the lead.  She has an awful lot to learn as the stage swallowed her up and she doesn’t have the presence yet to carry the role.  I found the high-pitched little girl voice and nasal singing very irritating all the way through.  It’s a shame for her that she didn’t have a few years learning her craft before being thrust into the starring role, so she’s very lucky to be able to learn on the job and with such strong adult cast members around I’m sure she will!

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Yvonne Delahaye




Sep 20th

Deathtrap @ The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

By Yvonne Delahaye

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If you’re of a nervous disposition, then be prepared for some loud noises that will make you jump out of your skin!  With so many plot twists and turns, Deathtrap is a play within a play with one set and five characters written in 1978 by Ira Levin.  It holds the record for the longest running comedy-thriller on Broadway and was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play.  It has been revived many times and was adapted into a film in 1992 starring Christopher Reeve, Michael Caine and Dyan Cannon.

Sidney Bruhl, a once-successful writer of stage thrillers is in the grip of chronic writer’s block, when young playwright Clifford Anderson sends Bruhl his brilliant new whodunit, Deathtrap.  Desperate to set Broadway alight once more, should Bruhl kill the newcomer and pass the play off as his own?

Playing the central role of Sidney, is Paul Bradley who is best known for his ten year role playing Professor Elliot Hope in BBC’s Holby City, as well as playing Nigel Bates in Eastenders.  Rarely off the stage, it’s a huge role and Paul gives a commanding performance as the complex, ruthless Sidney.

Playing Sidney’s wife, Myra Bruhl, is Eastender’s actress Jessie Wallace.  It was good to see that she could master an American accent, but at times she looked quite uncomfortable as the first scenes were a little stilted leaving her standing for long periods of time.  A bit more movement and chances to sit would have made all the difference I think!

Disrupting the proceedings is the arrival of Clifford Anderson (Sam Phillips), changing the course of their lives forever.  Beverley Klein relishes playing psychic Helga Ten Dorp and gets lots of laughs as she hams it up in spectacular style.  Julien Ball completes the cast as lawyer Porter Milgrim.

The play runs till Saturday 23rd at The Waterside Theatre, then continues to Birmingham and Richmond.


Reviewed by:

Yvonne Delahaye