STRICTLY MURDER AND CASABLANCA BOTH HAVE WINNING FORMULAS

I have two recommendations for theatre and cinema fans – see gripping thriller Strictly Murder, one of the best stage plays written by Brian Clemens, and get the video of that old classic film Casablanca!

Strictly Murder, which continues on tour until September after it’s last performances at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, today (April 8th), has a great plot and a wonderful cast.

Director Brian Clemens, son of Brian, and producer Patric Kearns have assembled an extremely talented cast in Brian Capron, Gary Turner, Corrine Wicks, Lara Lemon and Andrew Fettes.

Having a great plot and wonderful cast is always a winning formula as was the case with Casablanca, which starred Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre.

It’s amazing in this age when film actors are paid millions that Casablanca remains one of the greatest ever films despite having such a low budget of under £840,000 back in 1942.

And it’s equally amazing that Bogart and Bergman seemed to have such chemistry in some iconic scenes because Bergman was two inches taller and it has been claimed that Bogart snubbed her off screen.

Well, that’s show business!