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Review: Deadly Murder

PUBLISHED: 12:56 10 February 2015 | UPDATED: 13:06 10 February 2015

Casst of Deadly Murder.

Casst of Deadly Murder.

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The Queen’s Theatre’s latest production would do the likes of Quentin Tarrantino proud as it grips its audience from the get-go.

Deadly Murder – directed by Simon Jessop – is captivating with its deeply disturbed characters, dark and gritty plot and a realistic setting to top it all off.

The play is a three-man show starring Queen’s Theatre regulars Sam Pay and Tom Cornish as well as Eastenders’ star Lucy Benjamin who demand attention as soon as they step on stage.

Lucy plays wealthy New York jewellery designer Camille Dargus who finds herself held hostage in her own loft apartment by a man who seeks revenge on her but refuses to reveal his past.

The former soap actress bares her soul on stage showing the pain of a desperate woman frightened for her life.

But Camille’s fear is received with delight by her capturer Billy – played by Tom Cornish – who ties her to a chair and gets her to think about her past.

Actor Tom holds everyone’s attention when he creeps around the stage as he takes his time pouncing on his victim, making the audience sweat as they wait for Camille’s fate to be revealed.

When her security guard Ted appears, she is relieved to be rescued but not everything is as it seems since Billy is not the only one with something to hide.

Ted is a desperate man in need of a way out which actor Sam makes clear from the off-set with his eager yet sweaty manner.

If the thought of a dead body in the bath didn’t already create a disturbing atmosphere, then the eerie 90s music playing in the background as Billy threatens to slash Camille’s throat definitely did.

Deadly Murder is a gripping play that takes you on a journey that you would not want to miss.


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