Review: And Then There Were None at Sheffield Lyceum
Photographs courtesy of Manuel Harlan
We went and saw the best-selling novel by Agatha Christie brought to life in the theatre
Ten strangers are lured to a solitary mansion off the coast of Devon. When a storm cuts them off from the mainland, the true reason for their presence on the island becomes horribly clear.
“None of us will ever leave this island”
I think it’s safe to say that we all know the general story to this play, originally written fabulously by Agatha Christie in 1939. The tones of tension, revenge and wonder surround the story as we unpick who and why. Agatha Christie gave us the chance to act as detectives in our own right, which we all secretly love to be!
In this play directed by Lucy Bailey we follow the similar tones and plot with 10 ‘little soldiers' stuck on an island with no way of escaping. No food and power leaves the characters to go insane, and this craziness is portrayed well. We watch as they drop like flies, one by one following exactly how the poem is written. We are introduced to the characters and follow their story up until the gruesome death of the final victim.
The staging is simple but does compliment the mood of the performance and the outfits are timely. The use of the glass soldiers is interested and we find ourselves watching and waiting for one to go missing… which in this case means another has been killed. You sense the matter of urgency as they search the island to find the killer and come to the observation that it has to be one of them. But the question is… who is it?
The full cast of this thriller are Bob Barrett (Holby City, Propeller West End and UK Tour), Joseph Beattie (Hex and Silent Witness), Oliver Clayton (National Youth Theatre and The Play That Goes Wrong), Jeffery Kissoon (National Theatre and Complicite, Allelujah!), Andrew Lancel (National tours, West End and Coronation Street), Nicola May-Taylor (Rutherford And Son), Louise McNulty (Emmerdale), Katy Stephens (RSC, Globe and London’s Burning), Lucy Tregear (The Country Wife), Sophie Walter (The Girl On The Train), Matt Weyland (Witness For The Prosecution) and David Yelland (Poirot, Foyle’s War and The Crown) as Judge Wargrave.
Don’t miss this brand-new production of the bestselling crime novel of all time
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