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Not Dead Enough at Milton Keynes Theatre

Published by: Louise Winter on 31st Jan 2017 | View all blogs by Louise Winter

Reviewed by Louise Winter

30th January 2017

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This stage production of the third of Peter James’ ‘Roy Grace’ series is set to follow the huge success of previous productions and is sure not to be the last. James has been acclaimed as ‘one of the most fiendishly clever crime fiction plotters’ (Daily Mail) and his Roy Grace novels have been published in 37 languages and sold over 18 million copies worldwide. He is a hugely popular novelist and his collaboration here with producer Joshua Andrews, Olivier award winning director Ian Talbot, and award winning playwright Shaun McKenna is a winning combination.

Not Dead Enough Mark Douet

photo by Mark Douet

Intriguing from the start and with a great sense of atmosphere - a result of the very effective stage design (Michael Holt) and lighting (Jason Taylor) - this is an ultimately chilling tale but with very amusing moments throughout to give it light and shade. 

Not Dead Enough Mark Douet

photo by Mark Douet

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace (Shane Ritchie) opens an investigation into the murder of Katie Bishop whose husband Brian (Stephen Billington) vehemently claims his innocence and continues to do so even as the evidence mounts against him and Grace's conviction wavers. The story becomes progressively more complex with links to past murders and maybe even to the mysterious disappearance of Grace’s wife ten years previously; the pace and suspense build effectively as the story unfolds. There are moments when the anticipation is tangible and the audience collectively holds its breath.

Not Dead Enough Mark Douet

photo by Mark Douet

There is some fine work by the cast but it is Ritchie who drives this production, rarely off stage and a supremely confident and commanding presence. Laura Whitmore as Cleo Morey is very good here in her professional debut and this is just the beginning of what promises to be a great stage career. Stephen Billington has wide ranging stage, television and film experience and takes the complex part of Brian Bishop in his stride. Support from Michael Quartey as Glenn Branson and Gemma Atkins as Sophie Harrington give this production a confident cast.

This is an enjoyable yarn with a good twist which intrigues until the last scene. 

Not Dead Enough is at MK Theatre until Saturday 4th February 
Box Office:                0844 871 7652 (bkg fee)* 
Groups Hotline:       01908 547609 
Access Booking:       0844 871 7677 (bkg fee)* 
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1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 1 year ago
    Thanks, Louise. Cracking review.
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