GO BACK FOR MURDER
Princess Theatre, Torquay
AGATHA Christie fans won't be disappointed if they go and see the stage production Go Back for Murder, which is currently playing at the Princess Theatre, Torquay.
The Queen of Crime keeps you guessing right until the last few minutes with this classic murder mystery, which is based on her book Five Little Pigs.
The plot focuses on Carla Le Marchant (Sophie Ward) who is determined to find out the truth about her mother Caroline Crale (Sophie Ward) who died in prison after being convicted of murdering her husband.
Carla is convinced her mother was innocent after finding a letter and will not stop until she finds the real killer.
She is helped along the way by Justin Fogg (Ben Nealon), the son of Caroline's lawyer.
Carla makes it her mission to find all the witnesses involved in the case to get to the real truth.
During the first act you meet all the witnesses as Carla sits them down and questions them about the day of the death.
In the second half you are transported back 20 years to the days leading up to the murder.
The first 40 minutes or so are rather slow paced and the heavy dialogue left me a little jaded, but it soon picked up in the second half which was a lot tighter, brighter and more classic Christie.
The scenery was cleverly changed with sharp choreography and this worked brilliantly, with the music adding to the suspense and drama.
Lysette Anthony as Lady Elsa Greer was on the money and added an air of comedy to performance as did Liza Goddard, whose timing was perfect.
Sophie Ward also did well playing two characters and showed her versatility.
Having seen the majority of the Agatha Christie Theatre Company productions, I have to say it wasn't my personal favourite, but the appreciative audience lapped it up with great applause.
It runs until September 21.