Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’ thrills Rhyl Pavilion

Ten little soldier boys went out to dine;One choked his little self and then there were Nine.

Nine little soldier boys sat up very late;One overslept himself and then there were Eight.

Eight little soldier boys travelling in Devon;One said he’d stay there and then there were Seven.

Seven little soldier boys chopping up sticks;One chopped himself in halves and then there were Six.

Six little soldier boys playing with a hive;A bumble bee stung one and then there were Five.

Five little soldier boys going in for law;One got in Chancery and then there were Four.

Four little soldier boys going out to sea;A red herring swallowed one and then there were Three.

Three little soldier boys walking in the Zoo;A big bear hugged one and then there was Two.

Two little soldier boys sitting in the sun;One got frizzled up and then there was One.

One little soldier boy left all alone;He went and hanged himself

And then there were None.

Tonight saw the opening show of Agatha Christie’s best-selling worldwide murder mystery novel brought to stage ‘And Then There Were None’. The children’s nursery rhyme is the base structure of the story which consists of a group of 10 strangers that are lured to a remote island off the coast of Devon on the invite of the mysterious Mr and Mrs Owen.

Stranded on the island by a torrential storm and haunted by the ancient nursery rhyme, one by one the guests begin to die…

With only the fallen believed to be innocent who amongst them is the killer?

The first part of the show shows the arrival of the guests and it is soon discovered that their host, an eccentric millionaire, is missing…

One by one the characters all tell their story as to why they have been brought to the island. By the end of Act One the first murder has happened.

Throughout Act Two the characters are slowly picked off in the same manner as the rhyme would say. Each murder also has a hint of humour which lightens the mood on this otherwise dark play.

The final act after the second interval would leave the final characters at the mansion and then the revealing of who killed everyone and them explaining why they did it.

The whole show is based around the one room in the mansion and the balcony looking out to the sea. The set is fitting to the show and would grace any stage with its dangling chandelier and then the noose in the final scene.

A special mention has to go to the cast which has been assembled to the highest quality for the play with star inclusions of Paul Nicholas (Just Good Friends), Colin Buchanan (Dalziel and Pascoe), Susan Penhaligon (Bergerac), Mark Curry (Blue Peter), Verity Rushworth (Emmerdale), Frazer Hines (Emmerdale), Ben Nealon (Soldier Soldier), Eric Carte (My Family), Judith Rae (The Hat and Coat), Paul Hassall (Doctors) and Jan Knightley (Macbeth).

The actors each give their all for their character with an insight into their past and the so called crime they had committed to the audience which ultimately brought them to the island.

Overall it was an amazing night and by the smiles on the audiences faces as they left the Rhyl Pavilion Theatre they had enjoyed the show during the two and a half hours of top class entertainment.

‘And Then There Were None’ runs at Rhyl Pavilion until Saturday 20th June with shows at 7.30pm with matinees performances on Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets can be booked by phoning 01745 330000, booking online at or by calling in at the box office at Rhyl Pavilion.


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