Murder most amusing!

May 3, 2013


Newport Playgoers present 'Murdered to Death'

Tipsy butler Bunting (Richard Dymond) creeps up behind Mildred (Eileen Symonds) and her niece Dorothy (Rachel Fenwick). (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Murder, mirth and mayhem are all on the menu  when Newport Playgoers present ‘Murdered to Death’, an hilarious spoof of Agatha Christie whodunnits.

A group of eccentric characters gather in a country house – only to be murdered one by one.  Can the inept Inspector Pratt and his put-upon assistant deduce who is the killer?

They have plenty of suspects to choose from, including a retired army officer, his strung-out wife, a drunken butler, the village spinster, a suspicious Frenchman and a supercilious socialite.

“This highly entertaining satirical parody is very much in the style of Peter Sellers’ Inspector Clouseau, and will appeal to anyone who loves a good laugh,” said the play’s director Chris Bissex-Williams.

Newport Playgoers present 'Murdered to Death'

All the unusual suspects: the cast of ‘Murdered to Death’ in rehearsal (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Newport Playgoers present 'Murdered to Death'

The bungling Inspector Pratt (Lyndon House) phones for help. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

“I’m lucky to have some of Playgoers’ finest acting talent in the cast, and rehearsals have been almost as funny as the play itself. The characters have to deliver some outrageous innuendo and then look at the audience as if they’re not quite sure if what they’ve just said is rude. I’m sure audiences will love it.”

‘Murdered to Death’ by Peter Gordon is at the Dolman Theatre from Wednesday 15 – Saturday 18 May at 7.15 pm, with an extra matinee performance on the Saturday at 2.30 pm. To book tickets call 01633 263670 or visit New members are always welcome to join and help out both onstage and behind the scenes.