Queen of crime writers Agatha Christie, king of stage production Bill Kenwright and a star-studded cast led by the prince of performers Paul Nicholas - provincial theatre doesn’t get much better than this.
Powerful acting played out on a superb set, dramatic lighting and the sound of crashing waves and screeching gulls, conjure up the drama of a killer in the midst of strangers thrown together on a lonely island.
Red herrings are lapped up the audience which feeds off the twists and turns in this week’s production of And Then There Were None at Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre.
While you’re sucked in by the quirks of troubled characters played by the likes of Colin Buchanan (from TV’s Dalziel and Pascoe), Ben Nealon (Soldier, Soldier), one-time Blue Peter presenter Mark Curry, West End star Susan Penhaligon and Emmerdale escapees Verity Rushworth and Frazer Hines, you’re always keeping an eye on the little figures whose disappearance signals death.
The set is as much a star turn, resembling a wood-panelled cabin with a porthole entrance from which the motley crew come and go.
Sadly, the play goes out with more of a whimper than a bang at the end but at least it keeps you guessing....
And Then There Were None continues its run at the Pomegranate until Saturday, Mach 7.