Review: Dead Simple

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Calling all sleuths - you have until Saturday to solve the baffling case of a bridegroom-to-be who goes missing on his stag night, writes Tony Spittles.

That’s the brief for Dead Simple - a touring adaptation of the first in the ten-book series penned by best-selling Peter James - now on at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal.

Fans of the books have been following the investigations of Brighton-based Det Supt Roy Grace for the past decade, but it wasn’t until last year that a national tour of The Perfect Murder pre-dated the novels and introduced theatregoers to a new crime fighter.

Now fully fledged, Grace (Gray O’Brien) is called on to find Michael Harrison (Jamie Lomas) who seems to have it all - a beautiful fiancée, a great career and good friends - but this counts for nothing when a prank goes wrong and he is buried out in the countryside.

Bride-to-be Ashley (Tina Hobley) and best friend Mark (Rik Makarem) get caught up in the never-ending twists and turns of love and betrayal in this edge-of-the-seat thriller as the clock ticks away . . . as does the air supply in Michael’s living coffin.

An inventive, four-part set helps keep the complex plot moving along, even if only to heighten the terror and torment as the entombed Michael wonders if he’ll ever get out alive . . .

For further details of tickets and showtimes, contact 0115 9895555.

Photo by Alastair Muir.