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Review: Cluedo, Theatre Royal Norwich

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Play detective for the night as a new stage version of the famous board game, Cluedo, arrives in Norwich for the week. But this isn’t a classic whodunnit, rather a highly stylised and very funny show from man who directed The Play That Goes Wrong, Mark Bell.

All your favourite characters are there, including soap legend Michelle Collins as a sexy - and sarcastic - Miss Scarlett. I especially liked the rather tipsy Mrs Peacock (Judith Amsenga) and the accident prone but cute Rev Green (Tom Babbage). But the newly introduced butler, Wadsworth and played to perfection by Jean-Luke Worrell, stole the show for me, from his slapstick routines to amazing facial expressions.

Michelle Collins as Miss Scarlett in Cluedo. Picture Craig Sugden (54750954)
Michelle Collins as Miss Scarlett in Cluedo. Picture Craig Sugden (54750954)

The set is a big part of the show and it unfolds a bit like the board game itself. Action takes place in a large, creepy old house in the countryside, complete with a thunderstorm outside, of course, and various rooms like the study, library and hall are unveiled as needed.

I’m not sure you have a hope of guessing who did it, or even really care, as it’s more about how these characters interact and how their respective stories unfold. The plot is very clever and the final denouement is delivered at top speed. Move over The Mousetrap?

The show continues until Saturday.

Sarah Hardy

Cluedo, the cast. Picture Craig Sugden (54751027)
Cluedo, the cast. Picture Craig Sugden (54751027)

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