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Go Back for Murder Darlington Civic Theatre
11:04am Wednesday 27th February 2013 in Theatre
THE latest production from the Agatha Christie Theatre Company is one of the author’s last plays, first performed in 1960 and based on her novel Five Little Pigs.
Carla Le Marchant’s mother has died in prison, but leaves Carla a letter in which she pleads her innocence of the murder of her husband, Carla’s father.
Determined to discover the truth, Carla enlists the aid of handsome young solicitor Justin Fogg and stages a macabre reunion for everyone who was present in the house when her father died 20 years before.
With Justin’s help, Carla tracks down the witnesses at her mother’s trial and invites them to a reconstruction at her parents’ former home.
Astonishingly, all five potential suspects turn up to give their own version of events and so begins a complex, absorbing story of love and jealousy, loaded with Christie’s trademark red herrings.
The cast, as we have come to expect from this company, is polished and reliable with many familiar faces. Sophie Ward, playing Carla and her mother Caroline in flashback, achieves an impressive number of quick costume and wig changes and seems more comfortable when not using Carla’s Canadian accent.
Everyone, in fact, seems easier in the flashback scenes except the wonderful Liza Goddard as governess Miss Williams, who is totally at ease throughout.
For Christie enthusiasts, an entertaining evening that will keep you guessing until the real murderer is finally revealed.
- Until Saturday. Box office 01325-486555 and online darlingtonarts.co.uk