Arsenic and Old Lace: the ideal mixture for pre-Christmas fun

Hebden Bridge Little Theatre present Arsenic and Old Lace
Hebden Bridge Little Theatre present Arsenic and Old Lace

Take two sweet old ladies, a couple of unsuspecting nephews and a cellar full of bodies and you have a great concoction for black comedy.

Hebden Bridge Little Theatre presents ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ from Monday to Saturday, December 7 (7.30pm), with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

In the film version, Cary Grant played the role of nephew Mortimer Brewster, who is horrified when he discovers his elderly aunts are assassins who have poisoned a string of elderly bachelors.

In the Little Theatre’s show Wendy Mertens and Marian Feather play the maiden aunts while the role of Mortimer falls to Dave Gunning.

Making a welcome return to the theatre as the other crazed nephew is Frank Butterworth.

The dysfunctional family is rounded off with the arrival of Alan Stockdill as the ghoulish Jonathan Brewster immortalised for the stage by Boris Karloff. His sidekick Dr Einstein is played by Vaughan Leslie. Providing some sanity to the proceedings as the romantic interest is Katrina Heath.

The rest of the strong cast includes Martin Aylott, Andy Fraser, Andy Carter, Nick Turner, Phil Vaughan and Ray Riches.

Director Bob Morton says: “ It’s hard to imagine a comedy with such a plot outline but we can promise a night with plenty of laughs.”

Tickets available at Innovation, on 01422 843907 or by e-mail at