Murdered to Death - performed May 2000
By Peter Gordon
Performed by arrangement with Warner/Chappell plays LTD.
Director - Roger Licence
|Elizabeth Hartley-Trumpington||Caroline Kobielusz|
|Margaret Craddock||Gloria Streames|
|Joan Maple||Mary Powell|
|Colonel Craddock||Lester Pearse|
|Pierre Marceau||Mike Johansen|
|Inspector Pratt||Mel Evans|
|Constable Thomkins||John Roberts|
A hilarious spoof of the best of the Agatha Christie traditions, this star-studded whodunnitt twists and turns with side-splitting antics and ever-increasing merriment and confusion.
Set in a country manor house in the glorious 1930’s, the colourful cast of characters guaranteed to delight include – Bunting the Butler; Colonel Charles Craddock with the prerequisite stiff upper lip, the bumbling local inspector and his Constable; and a well meaning local sleuth Miss Maple who seems to attract murder wherever she goes. Add to this a high society debutante, a shady French art dealer and his moll, and supporting cast, and you have the perfect recipe for uproarious fun and hysterical happenings. But following the mysterious death of the house’s owner, will the murderer be unmasked before every one else has met their doom, or will the audience die laughing first?
The cast of ten, several of them new to the group, were all marvellous, the acting being superb.
It must have been particularly difficult for Mel Evans, as the aptly-named Inspector Pratt,
to learn his lines with so many wrongly-used and mis-pronounced words, but he never faltered.
And there was another great performance for Adrian Bolton, one of the old hands, as Bunting the butler..
The play was directed by Roger Licence and produced by Nigel Lister
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