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Review The Cat And The Canary Opera House Manchester

Cast The Cat And The Canary Opera House
26 Oct 2021

The Cat and The Canary stage show has flown into Manchester for a small run at the Opera House. Check out if it is worth a watch in our review here. 

As the dark nights draw in and we edge our way towards Halloween we were delighted to be invited to the press night of The CaR. We sent our Dad On The Go reviewer Kevin to check out this review The Cat And The Canary at the Opera House Manchester. Read on for what he thought. 

Review The Cat And The Canary Opera House Manchester

What could be more appropriate than a chilling play set in a creaking old mansion to make you jump out of your seat and keep you guessing ‘whodunnit’ all the way to the end?  The Cat and the Canary seemed like the perfect comedy thriller to take in on a drab Monday evening in Manchester.

The original stage play by John Willard in 1922 has gone on to inspire three classic films and now Carl Grose’s new theatre adaptation brings a star-studded cast including silver screen actress Britt Ekland, boy-band Blue’s Antony Costa, West End star Marti Webb, Tracy Shaw (Maxine from Coronation Street) and Gary Webster from Minder.

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A highlight of the performance were the clashes between Gary Webster who played the arrogant Harry and Ben Nealon as the sanctimonious Charlie.  We also loved Antony Costa’s soft and loveable Paul.  The three characters throughout are battling each other to try and get close to the talented and innocent Annabelle who is played by Tracy Shaw.

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Marti Webb brought some dry humour to the performance in her role as Susan Sillsby and Mrs Pleasant, the stalwart housekeeper delivered some good one-liners.  All of the characters brought something unique to the production.  There were chuckles from the audience throughout as we navigated the twists and turns trying to work out the real-life murder mystery.

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The clever use of lighting, smoke and sound effects really did add to the tension of the show making us gasp and jump as the twists were revealed before our eyes.

The Cat And The Canary has made its home at the Opera House Manchester all this week with performances up until Saturday 30th October. See here to book tickets. 

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