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And Then There Were None, Belgrade Theatre,

I OFTEN think the true test of a murder mystery is whether you would go and see it again even though you know who did it - in this case, I would.

I OFTEN think the true test of a murder mystery is whether you would go and see it again even though you know who did it - in this case, I would.

As always the late great queen of crime writing -Agatha Christie - has you spellbound with one of her many tales. And this production does the writer justice.

Briefly, ten people trapped together on a claustrophobic island off the coast of Devon, none of whom know their host other than by invitation or appointment.

Then the fun begins. The back drop to the story is they all have skeletons in the cupboard and one by one their host is going to do them in. To add to their misery they even know the manner of their demise as he uses 'Ten Little Soldier Boys' rhyme as a blueprint but are still powerless prevent it.

Gerald Harper takes the lead role as Sir Lawrence Walgrave, with EastEnders villain Alex Ferns as Captain Lombard and ex Casualty star Georgina Bouzova (Vera Claythorne) among a host of familiar names and faces.

Here's what struck me, and it also alludes to it in the programme notes. 'And Then There Were None,' change that to 'One' and most of today's reality TV shows - Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor to name but two - follow a similar theme so perhaps imitation really is the best form of flattery.

In the end you can't help but love this classic story of crime and punishment, with a cunning twist at the end.

 

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