Story added: 5:00pm Wed Aug 20, 2014
Nail-biting finish to classic thriller season
Monday 18th August, 2014 - Theatre Royal, Nottingham
By Dawn Bond
The final instalment of Colin McIntyre’s classic thriller season is a nail-biting psychological thriller from the pen of Brian Clemens.
On at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham, until Saturday, Murder Weapon is full of red herrings and twists and turns.
The entire action takes place in the lavish home of amateur actress Diane, although there are flashbacks to previous events and a re-enactment leading up to the murder.
The story begins with Inspector Fremont and new Chief Constable Jessical Bligh talking about a murder that has just happened.
It seems an open and shut case but Jessica is not so sure.
She and her friend Diane arrived home from a night at the opera to find Diane’s husband, Paul, dead in a chair with convict Charley Mirren standing over him with a gun, but not everything is as it seems.
As Jessica begins to question Charley over the murder and his previous convictions, the truth finally comes out with shocking results.
Jeremy Lloyd Thomas is outstanding as the troubled Charley, who has just spent ten years in prison for murdering his wife and two children.
He has been released under the care of pyschiatrist Dr Blake who tries to help him lead a normal life. Charley is easily persuaded to do things for others.
He has ongoing headaches and a bad stutter which make him rather confused, making it hard for him to distinguish between the truth and lies.
Jeremy plays him well and has the mannerisms of the mad man down to a tee. I have seen Jeremy act for many years and this is his best performance to date.
Karen Henson is great as the no-nonsense ex-army chief constable as she tries to establish the truth about the murder. This part suits her well and she commands great stage presence.
Michael Sherwin is a joy to watch as the hapless Inspector Fremont who thinks they have got the right man for the murder and just wants to go home and sleep.
He likes nothing more than interrupting proceedings with his small talk.
Alan Magor is great as the psychologist Dr Blake, while Jacqueline Gilbride is the grieving widow, Diane, and Andrew Ryan is the victim, Paul.
Director Adrian Lloyd James keeps the action at a fast pace, with a few gun shots thrown in for good measure.
An entertaining production.
The good news is the Classic Thriller season will be back next year and I cannot wait — DAB.
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