Murder at the Mowbray (tour - Brighton, Thistle Hotel)
To introduce us to the evening’s entertainment a short DVD is played. On it we see the late Duke of Yorkie who explains yet more of the back story and he tells us that we are about to hear his last will and testament. At this point the actors arrive and take up the main character parts in the tale.
In this mystery The Duke’s Will, there are five “live” characters that interact with the characters being portrayed by audience members. Of course, it would be unfair of me to divulge too much of the storyline except to say that, as well as discovering exactly how the Duke passed away, the audience also have to solve a second death and work their way through a tissue of lies spun by the various characters.
Each of the scenes that happen throughout the evening is carefully crafted and contains just as many red herrings as there are clues, again, maybe just a few too many of both to make solving the mystery an easy task. The final scenes, where the detective of the piece does the Hercule Poirot bit, are rather drawn out and, as a result, the audience’s attention starts to wander and, rather unfortunately, the noise level begins to rise again.
Over all this is an entertaining
evening although, as I have said, simplifying the extremely complex
plot would help to keep the attention and focus on the show rather
than the (very tasty) dinner.