Review: The Business of Murder, by Richard Harris, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds until March 7

The Business of Murder by Richard Harris which is at The Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds. Joanne Higs

The Business of Murder by Richard Harris which is at The Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds. Joanne Higson (Dee) Robert Gwilym (Stone) Paul Opacic (Hallett) - Credit: Archant

Murder is a tricky business but at the Bury Theatre Royal it works well.

The Business of Murder by Richard Harris which is at The Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds. Paul Opacic

The Business of Murder by Richard Harris which is at The Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds. Paul Opacic (Hallet) and Robert Gwilym (Stone) - Credit: Archant

The play is not so much a who dunnit - more of a who is about to do what…..

Although there is only a cast of three - the plot - written by Richard Harris (A Touch of Frost) is engaging.

You would think that with such a small ensemble that it would be easy to work out the denouement - but it’s not and it leaves you guessing until the end.

Robert Gwilym (of Casualty fame) plays Stone. He is on the stage for most of the production and has more sides to him than a Rubik’s cube. He gave not so much a towering performance but it definitely had inferno.


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At times I saw hints of Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) as he gladly broke the resistance of the characters in his ongoing game.

Other turns come from Paul Opacic (Emmerdale and Hollyoaks) who plays superintendent Hallett. He displayed mischief and menace in equal measure.

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And Joanna Higson (Shameless) plays Dee - a former journalist turned slightly neurotic writer. She showed vulnerable charm throughout and the cast worked very well together.

The Business of Murder is currently in business - it runs until Friday so go see it if you get the chance.

John Nice

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