I had no idea what to expect from Murder for Two – known as a musical comedy – but I love musicals and my friend loves murder mystery so we were hoping there would be something for both of us.
A great stage layout awaited us from this Watermill Theatre production presented by Paul Taylor-Mills and as we took our seats we were intrigued by how this work by Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair would be brought to life.
Cue Jeremey Legat and Ed MacArthur who provided two hours of fabulous entertainment in the guise of a classic whodunit with a twist of modern slapstick reminiscent of the old Muppet Shows.
The story set in New England starts with the murder of great American Novelist Arthur Whitney as he arrives at his surprise Birthday party. Enter MacArthur playing Officer Marcus Moscowiz (wannabe detective) who spends the evening investigating who the killer might be interrogating all 12 suspects.
The versatile antics of Legat bring to life 12 very different individuals from the recently widowed Dahlia Whitney to three 9 year old boys and lots in-between!
As the scenes unfold we come to realise that many of the suspects are portrayed in some of Whitney’s novels – all therefore have a motive to kill…
Legat and MacArthur had perfect chemistry and comedic timing allowing Legat to transition seamlessly from feisty prima ballerina to everyone’s pal psychiatrist Dr. Griff as well as argumentative couple Murray & Barb.
Dazzling piano skills and well versed songs rounded off their polished performances – a light hearted evening with clever plot twists that leave you guessing until the end. Will you get it right? Go along and find out!
Murder for Two, Theatre Royal Nottingham
Photos by Scott Rylander