PLAYING their third consecutive summer season at the brilliantly atmospheric old Shelley Theatre, the wonderfully talented London Repertory Players delivered another entertaining high-quality production.

This is the opening play of their 2018 season – running from this magnificent Murder Game, written by Constance Cox, to be followed by J.B. Priestley’s Dangerous Corner, Francis Durbridge’s Suddenly At Home, finishing with Richard Harris’s Dead Guilty.

Each play runs from Thursday-Tuesdays in traditional Repertory style, meaning that holiday-makers vacationing from Saturday-Saturday can come to two different shows in the same week!

Produced and Directed by experienced multi-talented Vernon Thompson, there is a vividly undeniable West End quality to these plays, without the extortionately unreasonable cost of ticket prices.

This fabulous London Repertory Company has already been invited back to Bournemouth next year for another five productions!

The Murder Game features four fantastic actors, one of whom is financially dependent on his wife, yet in love with another woman. An acquaintance convinces him he’d be better off if his wife were to die, suggesting the “perfect murder”.

Set in the 1980s, with convincing costumes, props and sound effects, this tight taut script crackles with tension, the storytelling utterly compelling.

Neil James excels as the haunted husband, while Musa Trevathan reeks of cunning as the conniving criminal.

The deliberately repeating musical motif Just The Two Of Us is pure theatrical genius.

The Murder Game runs until Tuesday August 7.

Brendan McCusker