It never ceases to amaze how the word ‘murder’ seems to bring audiences flocking to the Devonshire Park Theatre and it was again a packed house for Eastbourne’s opening night of the final week of the tour for this Agatha Christie murder mystery from Middle Ground Theatre Company – and they rarely come better than this excellent production by Michael Lunney.  A really polished performance with a lovely vintage set and costumes that evoked the period perfectly: excellent ingredients for an entertaining couple of hours.

The book, written in 1950, is often considered to be Christie’s finest Miss Marple novel and even if it had been seen before, it is incredible how the end remains a mystery. This certainly appeared to be no exception judging by the many animated discussions during the interval as groups of people analysed and dissected the various options for ‘whodunnit’!

Front (l-r): Dot Smith, Jeremy Barnaby, Jojo Lewis  Next Row: Sarah Thomas, Emma Fernell, Judy Cornwell 3rd Row: Diane Fletcher, Cara Chase, Lydia Piechowiak 4th Row: Dean Smith, Alicia Ambrose-Bayly Back Row: Patrick Neyman, Tom Butcher, Jog Maher, Will Huntingdon

Front (l-r): Dot Smith, Jeremy Barnaby, Jojo Lewis
Next Row: Sarah Thomas, Emma Fernell, Judy Cornwell
3rd Row: Diane Fletcher, Cara Chase, Lydia Piechowiak
4th Row: Dean Smith, Alicia Ambrose-Bayly
Back Row: Patrick Neyman, Tom Butcher, Jog Maher, Will Huntingdon

It was, therefore, a real pleasure to welcome the twelve-strong cast and members of the company to the bar crowded with Friends eager to meet them.  It was lovely to welcome back so many familiar faces and also to meet others treading the boards here for the first time. Conversations were plentiful and the autograph hunters were out in force.  Time just flew and the theatre staff had to resort to dimming the lights to persuade everyone that the party was over and time for bed!