Review: The Perfect Murder, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

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The Perfect Murder kept the audience guessing all night in this dark comedy thriller at the Mayflower.

The stage adaptation of the Peter James novel stars Family Fortunes’ Les Dennis, who plays Victor Smiley, a man unhappily married to Joan (Waking the Dead’s Claire Goose).

He hatches a plan to get rid of her once and for all. However, things aren’t quite as straight-forward as they seem, especially with Detective Roy Grace, convincingly portrayed by Steven Miller, on the case.

Despite a slow start, the play soon picked up the pace and a combination of a strong cast, impressive set and humorous one-liners made for an engaging murder mystery.

Simona Armstrong shone as Kamila Walcak. The Romanian born-actress proved very popular with the crowd and Gray O’Brien entertained as Don Kirk, Joan’s cheeky chappy love interest.

Overall, the evening was entertaining and a must-see for crime novel enthusiasts.