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Dial M for Murder @ The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Published by: Yvonne Delahaye on 10th Apr 2014 | View all blogs by Yvonne Delahaye

We all love a good murder mystery thriller that keeps us on the edge of our seats and guessing right until the end and this play really delivers.  Dial M for Murder  was written in the early 1950s by Frederick Knott and was famously made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1954, starring Ray Milland and Grace Kelly.  Hitchcock rarely moved the action outside the single-room setting, capturing the play’s claustrophobic intensity.

Tony (Daniel Betts) is convinced his wife Sheila (Kelly Hotten) is having an affair with Max (Philip Cairns). We watch mesmerised at Tony’s precision in planning what must surely be the perfect murder… until it falters in the most unexpected way. 007.jpg
Daniel Betts (Tony) is outstanding as he convinces his wife that he’s a loving husband, whilst coldly calculating her demise.  The cast, which includes Christopher Timothy as Inspector Hubbard and Robert Perkins as Captain Lesgate, all deliver solid performances in keeping with the period, that keep us in suspense throughout.
Mike Britton has designed an amazing set that helps to create an atmosphere of tension and expectation. 

The play is directed by Lucy Bailey, whose hit production of Fortune’s Fool is currently playing at the Old Vic.    She writes ‘Dial M for Murder operates on a surface of terrible politeness; beneath it, there’s violent, erotic, almost impenetrable undercurrents.’
This really is a stylish, intensely gripping thriller that will stick in your mind for many years to come.  You really must go and see this superb production, Dial M for Magnificent!

Tour continues to:
15th-19th Festival Theatre, Malvern
22nd-26th  Theatre Royal, Nottingham
29th April-3rd May Theatre Royal, Norwich
6th-10th May Opera House, Manchester
13th-17th Birmingham Repertory Theatre
20th-24th Yvonne Arnauld Theatre, Guildford
27th-31st May  His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
4th-7th June New Theatre, Cardiff
10th-14th June  Hall for Cornwall, Truro
17th-21st  Arts Theatre, Cambridge
24th-28th June Theatre Royal, Glasgow

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Reviewed by:
Yvonne Delahaye
8th April 2014



1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 4 years ago
    And a magnificent review, too! Thanks
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