Written by David Foley, Deadly Murder is a thriller with only 3 characters. Camille Dargus is a successful New York jewelry designer with a weakness for handsome young men. One night she picks up Billy, one of the waiters at a social function and brings him home. But there’s more to Billy than meets the eye, and before long she’s summoned her security guard, Ted, to get him out of her apartment.
Camille Dargus is played by Ex-Eastenders Actress Lucy Benjamin who is on stage throughout most of the show. As you would expect she is a brilliant actress, helping to keep the tension throughout the night. This is Lucy’s first appearance at The Queen’s Theatre, despite living locally.
Billy is played by Tom Cornish, the latest member of ‘Cut to the Chase’ and has also appeared in EastEnders. Tom does an excellent job of playing the huge range of emotions exhibited by the psychopath character of Billy and he’s not afraid to show a little flesh
Sam Pay plays security guard Ted, we last saw Sam in the panto, Sleeping Beauty as Silly Billy. In this play he plays a very different character as we see him preform through the plot twists and turns.
The show is directed by Cut to the chase member Simon Jessop who also plays a part in the show as the a radio presenter at the start of each half. We last saw Simon in his annual outing in the panto as the Dame and he will be directing again later this year in The Elephant Man
The set is fantastic, with a full living room layout and back-lit fish tank, I noticed in the programme we are reassured that the RSPCA have been consulted on the welfare of the fish in Camille’s apartment, this is despite a mobile phone being dumped in there half way through the show.
The night is full of thrills and with all the plot twists the night rushed by. But I found that I didn’t have any issues paying attention as my attention was drawn by the story and actor’s amazing performance
Camille – Lucy Benjamin
Billy – Tom Cornish
Ted – Sam Pay
Director – Simon Jessop