Review: The Perfect Murder, Cambridge Arts Theatre, until March 29
- Credit: Alastair Muir
A comedy-cum-thriller-cum-murder mystery , The Perfect Murder is a great night at the theatre.
Starring Les Dennis as the disillusioned Victor Smiley and Claire Goose as his equally disillusioned wife Joan, the play, based on the novel by Peter James, is entertaining from start to finish.
Never boring, peppered with observational humour and some lovely moments of pure theatre – this is well worth the effort.
Set in modern suburban Britain, the play focuses on the lives of Victor and Joan as they struggle with their 20-year-old marriage and growing dislike of each other. Victor wants to do away with Joan and run away with his tart-with-a-heart girlfriend Kamila, played by Simona Armstrong.
Meanwhile Joan is enjoying a passionate affair with Don, played by Gray O’Brien, who can’t stop talking in Cockney rhyming slang.
And in steps Detective Constable Roy Grace whose suspicions are around when Victor goes missing.
Lots of laughs throughout as the scene is set and the play drifts effortlessly from comedy to tense drama, with the actors clearly on top of their game.
- 1 'Lads have different levels of where they are' - Cook on Norwood and Barry
- 2 Paul Cook on social media 'drama queens' and a trip to Gateshead
- 3 'It's a genuine personnel issue' - Cook on goal errors
- 4 Child rapist jailed for offences dating back to 2005
- 5 'The answer to your question is in my reply' - Cook on whether he'll go with Bonne or Pigott
- 6 Hundreds sign petition to fix closed Suffolk road as MP visits site
- 7 Time Team using latest technology to investigate Sutton Hoo
- 8 Woman receives life ban from owning dogs after sheep were mauled
- 9 'That is the calibre'- Oxford boss on potential transfer move for Norwood
- 10 Parish council concerned about plans for new A14 service station
With a lively pace and plenty of excellent one liners – Joan in particular gets some great gags – The Perfect Murder is a creative production which delves into the theme that there is a murderer in us all.
Making use of an imaginative set, the action builds to the inevitable and thrilling twist in the tale.
The clues, of course, were there.