For a classic, hilarious, and lighthearted night out at the theatre, you won’t want to miss Cluedo at Wolverhampton Grand. This production is a perfect ensemble piece that expertly navigates the usual tropes of comedic theatre. It’s so good, in fact, that it’s sure to put a smile on even the grumpiest faces in the audience. Trust me, before I dive into the details, you’ll want to make sure you book your tickets right away.
If you’re familiar with the 1980s film adaptation of Clue, then you know the gist of the story. The play takes the concept of the board game and brings it to life, with a group of strangers gathering in a dark mansion on a stormy night. Each person is given an alias (such as Miss Scarlett or Colonel Mustard) and a gift box containing a deadly weapon. Spoiler alert: murder ensues.
Every aspect of this production is spot on, and it’s clear that the team behind it has put a lot of effort into ensuring the audience has a blast. David Farley’s set design is nothing short of genius, with rooms appearing and distant doors connecting to create the impression that you’re truly inside the Cluedo mansion. Jon Fiber’s sound and Michael Holland’s music create an atmosphere of playful terror that adds to the overall mischievous feel of the show. Anna Healey’s movement direction and Mark Bell’s direction are both excellent, resulting in a production that is smooth, silly, and seriously impressive.
But the real stars of the show are the performers themselves. Michelle Collins, who plays Miss Scarlett, may have top billing, but she’s just one part of an incredible ensemble. Every member of the cast is an equal in this production, and they all deliver brilliant performances. Jean-Luke Worrell, who plays the butler Wadsworth, is especially delightful. He’s not just perfect for the role, but he also brings a knowing and playful energy to the performance.
Tom Babbage, as Reverend Green, delivers a standout performance that will capture your heart. His chandelier-near-death slo-mo moment is one of the highlights of the show. Daniel Casey as Professor Plum and Wesley Griffith as Colonel Mustard are also hilarious and will have you laughing throughout. Mrs. Peacock (Judith Amsenga), Yvette (Laura Kirman), and Mrs. White (Etisyai Philip) all bring their respective roles to life with energy and wit. Meg Travers and Harry Bradley complete the ensemble with excellent performances in a range of roles.
Overall, Cluedo at Wolverhampton Grand is a fantastic production that will have you laughing from start to finish. The talented ensemble, along with the excellent set design, sound, and music, make for a show that is nothing short of brilliant. If you’re looking for a night out that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face, then you won’t want to miss this show. So go ahead, treat yourself to a ticket – you won’t regret it!