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Take distant cousins (although some less so it seems), a mix of fortunes, the promise of inheritance and a twist, and you have a great recipe for a darkly comic thriller.

Originally performed in 1923 and written by John Willard, with concepts not out of place today, it was brilliantly staged by The Classic Thriller Theatre Company. It had the audience chuckling, gasping and even screaming throughout the performance.

The cast, comprising many familiar faces, was led by Britt Eckland as the fascinatingly macabre housekeeper, taking the audience on a thrilling journey with unexpected twists and turns.

I would be littering this review with spoilers if I went into the level of detail I wanted to describe the performance. However, I will mention a few individuals.

Gary Webster showed vulnerability as well as a more recognisable brutishness. Tracy Shaw's confident, coquettish and anxiety-captured performance similarly showed an excellent range of her acting skills. Marti Webb had great comic timing, delivering some rip-roaring lines also.

As a lover of thrillers who has never seen this story in any format, I loved the fact that I didn't guess the ending.

Thoroughly enjoyable evening, a must-see.

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