REVIEW: And Then There Were None, Theatre Royal, Newcastle, Until August 1

Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None is at Newcastle's Theatre Royal.

Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None is at Newcastle's Theatre Royal.

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Even the slickest sleuth would have trouble working this one out.

Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None cleverly points the finger of suspicion at every single character until your brain’s so boggled you don’t know whether you’re coming or going.

The play, from the Agatha Christie Theatre Company, sees two people employed at, and eight others invited to, a secluded house on an island off the coast of Devon by mysterious couple Mr and Mrs Owens.

It turns out none of the parties have ever actually met the owners of the house, and when a strange voice lists them one-by-one, along with people they have allegedly killed, things get really interesting.

Soon enough, the characters – each delightfully played – start being killed off in an eerie homage to the poem, Ten Little Soldier Boys.

Simultaneously, the ten small soldier statues stood on the mantelpiece also dwindle in numbers.

The quintessentially British play is brilliantly clever, spine-tinglingly tense and wickedly funny.

In this sort of show, misdirection is everything, and it’s impeccable in this one.

No matter how hard you try to concentrate on the things you think you’re not supposed to be concentrating on, the actors will cleverly outwit you to somehow remove another soldier statue and kill off another guest.

The quintessentially British play is brilliantly clever, spine-tinglingly tense and wickedly funny.

It got off to a bit of a slow start as the characters arrived at the house and introduced themselves, but once the action got going, I couldn’t look away.

Murder mystery fans will love trying to figure out this whodunnit, but I bet they can’t.

And Then There Were None is at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal until Saturday, August 1. Click here to book tickets.

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