Review - Murder on Air at Milton Keynes Theatre

Tom Conti who appears in Murder on Air
Tom Conti who appears in Murder on Air

Among the many novels that Agatha Christie wrote, there were hundreds of short stories and Murder on Air sees three of these adapted for the radio.

For Murder on Air is a live radio performance of the queen of crime’s work. Personal Call, The Yellow Iris and Butter in a Lordly Dish are presented complete with full cast and live sound effects. Oscar nominated Tom Conti and Jenny Seagrove are among a cast of players performing in all of the shows.

Of the three short stories presented, Personal Call is a rather spooky ghost story complete with atmosphere of a man who is being haunted by his ex-wife. It’s rather effective although the show’s climax doesn’t quite come off immediately.

The Yellow Iris sees one of the writer’s most iconic creations Hercule Poirot called in to investigate a potential murder and solve an old case. Conti puts on his best Belgian accent to play the detective and manages it gamely. It’s an interesting production and arguably the most traditional of the whodunnit. It is a little busy but very enjoyable.

Arguably the best of the three is Butter in a Lordly Dish. A successful lawyer wins a court case and goes to celebrate with a mistress. But there is a nasty surprise waiting for them there.

There are plenty of moments of humour throughout and the twist, which I shall avoid ruining, is absolutely superb and a surprisingly nasty pay off and Jenny Seagrove is excellent.

This is an unusual way of presenting Agatha Christie on the stage and one which will delight her ardent followers.

Murder on Air is performed until today (Wednesday) at Milton Keynes Theatre. Call the box office on 0844 871 7652.