Murder on the Nile at Milton Keynes Theatre - review

Bill Kenwright production ofMURDER ON THE NILEby Agatha Christiedirected by Joe Harmston
Bill Kenwright production ofMURDER ON THE NILEby Agatha Christiedirected by Joe Harmston
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A HOLIDAY, an ensemble cast and murder can only mean a stage adaptation of an Agatha Christie book.

Murder on the Nile sees a couple on honeymoon but the romantic atmosphere is soon ruined by the groom’s ex who causes havoc and chaos aboard the luxury boat. Especially when she shoots him.

In many ways, this is a classic piece so typical of many of Agatha Christie’s whodunnits with several characters who dislike each other trapped in a claustrophobic, albeit luxurious, environment and let the tension gradually build.

Hercule Poirot’s little grey cells are given a rest for this stage version and is replaced by Dennis Lill’s Canon Pennefather who stands out as a religious official with a lack of morality.

Kate O’Mara, pictured, is arguably the biggest name among the cast and she plays dotty posh woman Miss ffoliot-ffoulkes who gets some of the more caustic lines reminiscent of some of her bossiest characters.

Simon Scullion’s design creates a luxurious atmosphere but one full of hiding places for the inevitable secrets which come out.

The play moves towards a conclusion many will have seen before due to the big and small screen adaptations but there is a final twist which will have the audience talking at the end.

Murder on the Nile is performed until Saturday. For tickets, call the box office on 0844 871 7652 or visit www.atgtickets.co.uk/miltonkeynes.