Classic thriller number two at the Royal

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FANS of Agatha Christie are in for a real treat this week in ‘Death By Fatal Murder’ -- the second offering in Nottingham Theatre Royal’s Classic Thriller season.

This month-long summer showcase of mystery and murder has been a firm favourite with local theatregoers for 22 years, thanks to the stalwart work of producer/ director Colin McIntyre, who died in May this year aged 82.

His 60 years in the theatre, spanning working with such greats as Sir Laurence Olivier and Sir Peter Hall, as well as being the driving force in delivering more than two decades of thrillers to local audiences, was remembered with wit and affection by friends and colleagues at a special tribute which followed Wednesday’s matinee performance.

This bittersweet afternoon seemed to reflect the mood of the comedy thriller spoof ‘Death by Fatal Murder,’ which saw Colin’s band of long-serving and versatile actors -- including the savvy Miss Joan Maple (Karen Henson) and bungling Inspector Pratt (Nicholas Briggs) -- having great fun in the guests’ sitting room of a country manor in wartime England.

The season, which opened with ‘Sweet Revenge’ in which a doctor is suspected of bumping off a notorious womaniser suspected of having an affair with his wife, continues next week (22nd to 27th August) with the thriller ‘Strangers on a Train,’ based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel which Alfred Hitchcock adapted for his 1951 movie about the murderous pact between an eccentric playboy and a tennis champion.

Rounding off the month of murder after the Summer Bank Holiday is ‘Murderous Liaisons’ (Tuesday 30th August to Saturday 3rd September), an exciting thriller set on the Costa Del Sol awash with diamond heists, deceit, double crosses and dastardly murder plots.

For further details of tickets, £9 to £19, and showtimes, please contact the Theatre Royal box office on Nottingham (0115) 989-5555, or the website at

-- Tony Spittles