Review: Dial M For Murder, Theatre Royal Norwich
We probably all know this best from the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock film with the gorgeous Grace Kelly in one of the lead roles.
It must be, surely, one of the most perfect suspense thrillers ever written - demonstrated by its popularity for almost 70 years!
This new production creates a suitably uneasy atmosphere from the get-go, with the plot weaving itself around us, creating a complex and clever piece.
Tom Chambers is very convincing as the charming cad - the manipulative tennis player who marries for money not love and then wants to dispose of the inconvenient wife. He barely opens his mouth without telling lies - but nobody realises. Sally Bretton plays the befuddled wife and Michael Salami is her love interest.
Perhaps the best casting is Christopher Harper who plays both the murder victim and Inspector Hubbard. He plays the detective with real panache, making us and, more importantly, the villain, believe him to be from the Clouseau school of police work.
For those of you who don’t know the outcome, I won’t spoil it. But it is beautifully done, with a slight, almost flippant touch, and does have you on the edge of your seat. Job done!
The show continues until Saturday.