REVIEW: Rehearsal for Murder is a gripping whodunnit

Rehearsal for Murder ANL-160726-211134001
Rehearsal for Murder ANL-160726-211134001
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Rehearsal for Murder is a gripping whodunnit which hums with a gunfire-like volley of suspense, drama and intrigue.

Playwright Alex Dennison’s world crumbles when his fiancée and leading lady Monica Welles is found dead from an apparent suicide.

Convinced that his beloved was murdered, Alex brings together the cast and crew from the unsuccessful play which Monica starred in before her death.

Believing the killer is one of her former colleagues, Alex insists they run through sections of his new play in his quest to uncover the truth.

This play within a play device cleverly dials up the mystery as the plot trips and spins through thrilling red herrings to the eyebrow raising reveal.

The impressive cast led by former EastEnders star Alex Ferns and Footballers’ Wives’ Susie Amy ably ratchet up the tension.

The show, which is at Bury St Edmunds’ Theatre Royal until Saturday, August 13 played to a packed house on Monday and follows last August’s near sell-out murder mystery And Then There Were None.

The theatre’s director Karen Simpson should be commended for adding some drama to, what has been in the past, a quiet time for the theatre. It’s a smart move to help bring in the crowds and long may it continue.