Murdered to Death by Peter Gordon is a hilarious spoof in the best Agatha Christie tradition and it’s the next production Thame Players are performing at the Players Theatre, Thame, from 8th – 12th May.
It’s a ludicrously funny ‘whodunnit’ story, featuring a cast of stereotypical characters doing stereotypical things. There’s a blustering English colonel with a suitably stiff upper lip, a well-meaning local sleuth who seems to attract murder wherever she goes, the village policeman – a bumbling and appropriately named Inspector Pratt, a shady French art dealer, and a femme fatale. Oh, yes, and of course what whodunnit would be complete without the faithful family butler in a country house setting in the 1930s?
They’re all here, getting caught up in the side-splitting antics which follow the mysterious death of the owner of the house. It soon becomes clear that the murderer isn’t finished yet, but will the murderer be unmasked before anyone else has met their doom, or will audiences die laughing first?
Murdered to Death was written by Peter Gordon, one of the UK’s most popular playwrights. To date, he has written thirteen comedies, a psychological thriller and a one-act comedy. It is part of the ‘Inspector Pratt’ trilogy, which also includes Secondary Cause of Death and Death by Fatal Murder, described as ‘deliciously wicked’, ‘hilarious’ and ‘very clever’. These plays have had over 1,000 professional and amateur tours and productions in the UK and overseas, including USA, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
It has been said of Peter Gordon that his writing is ‘Sometimes bizarre and funny, sometimes sad, but is always entertaining’.
Adam Hurst, director of this production for Thame Players, says,
‘Murdered to Death provides the perfect recipe for a great comedy. If you enjoy watching the play half as much as the cast enjoy performing it, then you are in for a wonderful evening’s entertainment’.
Murdered to Death is being performed at The Players Theatre, Nelson Street, Thame OX9 2DP from Tuesday 8th until Saturday 12th May inclusive at 7.45pm. Tickets: £9, concessions £8, are available from Spear Travels, Greyhound Walk, Thame, telephone 01844 217228 or online from www.thameplayers.co.uk