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REVIEW: Murder In The Dark At The Floral Pavilion — 4 Stars: 'Tense, Gritty, & Frighteningly Good'

Updated: Apr 1

FLORAL PAVILION, NEW BRIGHTON, BOROUGH OF WIRRAL, LIVERPOOL CITY REIGON, UK.

REVIEW: UK Tour Of New Original Production, Murder In The Dark, At The Floral Pavilion In New Brighton

The story follows Danny Sierra as he crashes his car on the way back from his estranged Mother's funeral, with the rest of the family in tow, rivalries resurface and his demons that split him up from his family in the first place are too strong to conceal (Credit: Pamela Raith Photography/Supplied/Image was provided to The Liverpudlian to share, courtesy of the Publicist on behalf of their client. We make no claim to this content).
The story follows Danny Sierra as he crashes his car on the way back from his estranged Mother's funeral, with the rest of the family in tow, rivalries resurface and his demons that split him up from his family in the first place are too strong to conceal (Credit: Pamela Raith Photography/Supplied/Image was provided to The Liverpudlian to share, courtesy of the Publicist on behalf of their client. We make no claim to this content).

Murder in The Dark is a brand-new theatrical supernatural production by British playwright, Torben Betts. First performed at The Churchill Theatre in Bromley, South East London during the Autumn of 2023, and then embarking upon a UK Tour.


It is fantastic to see The Floral Pavilion consistently bringing fantastic productions to the City Region, with Murder in The Dark being no exception.

'Tense, Gritty, & Frighteningly Good.' - The Liverpudlian.

Tense, gritty, and frighteningly good. Reminiscent of famed dramatic cinematic horrors yet offering plenty of twists and turns to keep you perplexed in this enjoyable original production that brought the thrills. Alongside those fleeting moments of humour to disperse the continuous looming threat and the disturbing night that our protagonist finds himself in the midst of, though it is worth questioning, is he the antagonist?

Madeleine Pedley for The Liverpudlian, holding the show's programme, attending the closing opening of Murder In The Dark at The Floral Pavilion (Credit: Madeleine Pedley For The Liverpudlian).
Madeleine Pedley for The Liverpudlian, holding the show's programme, attending the opening performance of Murder In The Dark at The Floral Pavilion (Credit: Madeleine Pedley For The Liverpudlian).

The story follows Danny Sierra as he crashes his car on the way back from his estranged Mother's funeral, with the rest of the family in tow, rivalries resurface and his demons that split him up from his family in the first place are too strong to conceal.


The play is well written with high production values including an all-star cast and great use of set design that puts you genuinely at unease — you can't comfortably attach yourself to the world as you would with a cosy crime, where you can quickly inhabit their world and watch the events unfold in a more relaxed way. You are fully present in their night of horror, and watching the ghastly events unfold, no matter how much you don't want to look at times. Murder In The Dark revels in keeping you on the edge of your seat.


The production gave me vibes of Jordan Peel's film, US, the video game Resident Evil 7: Biohazard with The Baker family, and the theatrical adaption of The Woman in Black. Murder In The Dark is a must-watch for fans of the macabre.

The story follows Danny Sierra as he crashes his car on the way back from his estranged Mother's funeral, with the rest of the family in tow, rivalries resurface and his demons that split him up from his family in the first place are too strong to conceal (Credit: Pamela Raith Photography/Supplied/Image was provided to The Liverpudlian to share, courtesy of the Publicist on behalf of their client. We make no claim to this content).


The night at the theatre was all complimented by New Brighton's fantastic positioning with the fabulous views of Liverpool Bay and the skyscrapers of the City Centre. Especially on the walk after the play had finished, with all of the City and Port of Liverpool brightly illuminating the river.

'Murder In The Dark is a must-watch for fans of the macabre.' - The Liverpudlian.

The play is currently running in the Liverpool City Region until Saturday the 16th of March 2024, at The Floral Pavilion in New Brighton, situated in the Borough of Wirral. Murder In The Dark is an Original Theatre production, Directed by Philip Franks, and starring Tom Chambers, Susie Blake, Rebecca Charles, Jonny Green, Owen Oakeshott, and Laura White.

Murder In The Dark earns itself an unearthly 4 Liver Birds out of 5 (Credit: The Liverpudlian).

A brilliant blend of simmering darkness and drama, Murder In The Dark earns itself an unearthly 4 Liver Birds out of 5.

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