Murdered to Death - what a way to go for a theatre night out

Murdered to Death - The cast pictured are (back, from left):  Keith Royston, Alun Jones & Veronica Moran; front:  Penny Wadsworth, Liz Parker and Yvonne Kniveton
Murdered to Death - The cast pictured are (back, from left): Keith Royston, Alun Jones & Veronica Moran; front: Penny Wadsworth, Liz Parker and Yvonne Kniveton
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Following on from the farce ‘No Sex Please, We’re British’, staged in March, Halifax Thespians are continuing the comedy overtones with their next two productions.

‘Murdered to Death’, by Peter Gordon this week, will be followed in mid-June by ‘Fawlty Towers’, adapted from the BBC sitcom starring John Cleese.

First up, though, is an hilarious spoof of the quintessential Agatha Christie-style country house murder mystery.

A murder takes place, the police are called and bumbling detective Pratt (Keith Royston) arrives with his trusty constable (Terry Baynham) at his side.

The inspector trips over the clues and points fingers in every direction while never quite seeing the obvious and nailing the culprit. The other characters are those you’d expect in an Agatha Christie mystery, including an elderly busybody (Veronica Moran)who seems to attract murder wherevershe goes.

Ian Slim directs with his usual aplomb and has an experienced cast in Penny Wadsworth, Liz Parker, Geoffrey Green, Alun Jones, Yvonne Kniveton, Lee Graham and Jake Broadhurst to work with.

The production opens tonight (Tuesday) and runs until Saturday, May 11 (7.30pm, with a 2.30pm Saturday matinee).

Sandwiched between the Thespians’ offerings is music from Calderdale Big Band, which presents its Big Band Annual Swing Session at Halifax Playhouse on Sunday, May 19 (7pm).

For ticket details and a full look ahead to the rest of the season - and a sneak preview at what’s coming up in September - visit www.halifaxplayhouse.org.uk.

Box office: 01422 365998.

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