From the moment the clarinet wails its first glissando, it is clear that Theatre Alibi’s new production of The Ministry of Fear will play with cliche and subvert it. Despite the Gershwin-isms, this is a very English type of noir, its surreal church fetes and arthritic guesthouse proprietors recalling a long history of eccentricity, from The League of Gentlemen back to Python and further to Lewis Carroll. Anyone who appreciates this kind of whimsical humour and relishes a bit of espionage and intrigue should enjoy this production.
Graham Greene's taut spy thriller and portrait of a mind in freefall.
Moody jazz echoes the siren’s mournful wail. Silhouetted against a London cityscape there is momentary stillness.