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Review: The Final Twist at Nottingham Theatre Royal

There are twists and turns galore before the final twist in the last of this year’s Colin McIntyre Classic Thriller Season at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal.

The Final Twist, by Alfred Bradley and Ken Whitmore, brought the curtain down on this socially-distanced summer season of thrillers.

And it certainly ended on a high.

Classic Thriller Season at Nottingham. (49185359)
Classic Thriller Season at Nottingham. (49185359)

The Final Twist starts with writer Charlie Nicholson ­— in debt, suffering from writer’s block and needing a quick fix for his problems ­— being invited to the home of famous actor Merlin Foster.

There, the renowned thespian commissions a script that must contain the perfect method and alibi for the murder of his wife.

But is the drama about to become reality?

This is a production of words rather action, which is set in only one room, so the onus is very much on the cast of three, and they excel.

Andrew Ryan was once again excellent as the cunning, flamboyant actor Merlin Foster, who keeps us guessing to the very end about his true intentions.

His much put-upon sixth wife Eden Dundee is played by Sarah Wynne Kordas while David Martin is the under-pressure, increasingly frantic writer Nicholson.

The Final Twist runs at the Theatre Royal until Saturday, but fear not, Tabs Productions and the classic thriller season have already been booked for a return next summer ­— SH.

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