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REVIEW: The Cat and Canary at Theatre Royal Windsor

Paul Hinchliffe

The Cat and the Canary at Theatre Royal Windsor

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, written by John Willard, with concepts not out of place today, was brilliantly staged by The Classic Thriller Theatre Company, and had the audience, chuckling, gasping and even screaming throughout the performance.
 
The cast, comprising of many faces who will be familiar, was lead by Britt Eckland as the fascinatingly macabre housekeeper,  took 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 skill.  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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