The Case of the Frightened Lady, New Theatre Royal'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹, review: '˜The script failed to deliver'
Murder mysteries are reliable. We all know what is in store:Â someone is murdered, the audience tries to guess the criminal, they eventually find out '˜whodunnit' and then we leave '“Â untroubled.Â
But after watching The Case of the Frightened Lady at the New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, I was unphased, unenthused and simply uninterested.Â
The first act began at a fancy dress party, with so many characters fleeting across the stageÂ it was hard to keep up with them and their appearances. The curtainsÂ lifted on the hallway of the Lebanon house which wasÂ the same backdrop throughout, despite referencing to a secret store room that apparently held all the answers.Â
The characters executed their lines and roles, however the script was underwhelming. Gilder (Simon Desborough) and Brook (Angus Brown) were the housekeepers whoÂ kept usÂ guessing with their eerieÂ presence.Â
The first half was fairly dull, but the second was a saving grace '“Â all the punch was packed into the last act. I was gripped when the plotÂ unravelled.
But as we learnt of the perpetrator, the questioning in my head began. The curtain fell abruptly andÂ I couldn't help but feel disappointed in the lack of explanation.Â
The genre isn't dead '“Â Agatha Christie's murder mystery The Mousetrap is the longest running West End show. So what went wrong here?
The actors performed but the script failed to deliver.Â
Until November 3.Â