Three not-to-be-missed classics

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All seems well at the Caplan’s independent publishing house until a can of worms is unceremoniously ripped open at Robert and Freda Caplan’s dinner party.

A chance remark plunges the guests into a re-examination of the mysterious events surrounding the recent death of young Martin Caplan and skeletons come crashing out of the closet in more ways than one.

It’s a brand new production of JB Priestley’s classic play Dangerous Corner, starring Robin of Sherwood’s Michael Praed and Dazeil and Pascoe’s Colin Buchanan, at The Theatre Royal now and until Friday, October 31. Tickets £10-45 with fees.

Actor Jason Durr is no stranger to detecting, having recently appeared on UK stages in the title role of Sherlock Holmes: The Best Kept Secret and TV series such as Lewis and Inspector Morse.

Back on stage at The Theatre Royal, he dons the distinctive ’tache of Agatha Christie’s Poirot in what was the author’s debut as a playwright.

Black Coffee was the first piece that Christie wrote for the stage and it launched a successful second career for her as a playwright.

Twenty-two years after Christie’s death, Black Coffee was re-published in the United Kingdom and the United States in the form of a novel.

The Theatre Royal also embraces the Halloween spirit with a ghostly tour of the theatre right after the show — hailed as “an atmospheric experience of stories and suggestion that will bring you out in goosebumps”.

The tours will take place immediately after the performance that evening. Meet in the foyer where an usher will take you to Ambassador Lounge for a safety briefing before the tour moves backstage. Running time 45 minutes. Ages 18+

The show and tour are onon from Monday-Saturday, November 3-8, at 7.30pm with two matinees. Tickets are £10-35 with fees.

Hailed as one of the best musicals of all time, Blood Brothers has triumphed across the globe.

This epic tale of Liverpool life ran in London’s West End for 24 years, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone. Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving story of twin boys separated at birth, only to be reunited, by a twist of fate and a mother’s haunting secret.

The show runs at the King’s Theatre, Monday-Saturday, November 3-15 with matinees, and tickets cost £10-47 plus booking fee.