One of the things I love most about working with DiscoverNEL is being able to see all of the different things happening in our little corner of Lincolnshire. There’s always something going on – a big community event, live music, festivals, comedy, family fun days and, of course, live theatre.
This week and for one week only, Grimsby Auditorium is hosting The Classic Thriller Theatre Company and their production of Rehearsal for Murder.
Auditorium, you had me at the title! Ever since I became a bit obsessed with ‘Gone Girl’, I have come to love a good, twisting, unexpected thriller, particularly when there’s a murder involved and I get to play Detective. And this story, which has been adapted for the stage, was written by the writers of two of the most famous detective and mystery titles of all time – Murder, She Wrote and Columbo.
Rehearsal for Murder is the story of Playwright Alex Dennison, his theatre troupe and the mystery surrounding leading actress Monica Welles’ death.
Playwright Alex Dennison is left heartbroken when his fiancée and leading lady Monica Welles is found dead from an apparent suicide. On the anniversary of that ill-fated night, Alex assembles the same cast and crew in the same theatre, for a reading of his new play. But as the reading begins, it becomes clear that Alex believes that Monica was murdered and he intends to uncover her killer…
Of course, I can’t tell you any more of the story – don’t worry, there won’t be any spoilers! – so instead, here’s a few stills from the production…
You are drawn into the story so, so quickly and it keeps you hooked throughout – Alex Dennison’s way of exposing the murderer is extremely clever. The cast features some famous faces with actors from Casualty, Holby City, Footballers Wives and the Carry On Films taking to the stage; Alex is played by Alex Ferns – Eastenders’ Nasty Trevor! And, possibly most importantly, the ending is brilliant. After watching the show during the opening night on Monday, I was thinking about the twist for most of Tuesday!
Rehearsal for Murder will be at Grimsby Auditorium until Saturday; times and ticket prices vary so take a look at the Grimsby Auditorium’s website.
*The Grimsby Auditorium invited me to attend the Preview Evening, but all words (apart from the quote) and opinions are my own.