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Agatha Christie’s A Murder is Announced
14th June 2022 - 18th June 2022
A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED – A MISS MARPLE MYSTERY
Adapted for the stage by Leslie Darbon
Directed & designed by Michael Lunney
Middle Ground Theatre Company Ltd is delighted to present their acclaimed production of a classic Miss Marple mystery.
The residents of Chipping Cleghorn are astonished to read an advert in the local newspaper that a murder will take place this coming Friday at Little Paddocks, the home of Letitia Blacklock.
Unable to resist, the group gather at the house at the appointed time, when the lights go out and a gun is fired. Enter Miss Marple, who must unravel a complex series of relationships and events to solve the mystery of the killer…
Now in it’s sixth year of touring, this lavish production has delighted packed audiences across the UK and Ireland and is brought to you by the company and director who produced the critically acclaimed courtroom thriller The Verdict.
Starring Sarah Thomas (Last Of The Summer Wine), Barbara Wilshere (The Lakes/The Paradise Club), Tom Butcher (The Bill/Doctors), Karen Drury (Brookside), Lucy Evans (Coronation Street), Tom Gibbons (The Archers) plus a full supporting cast.
“The packed audience loved every minute” LIVERPOOL ECHO
“The magic of Miss Marple – Show of the week” IRISH MAIL ON SUNDAY
“A blissful couple of hours of whodunit fun” THE SCOTSMAN
Running Time: Approx. 2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)
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The scene is set by the simple appearance in the personal ads of a local newspaper which states simply that a murder will take place at 6.30pm on Friday at the Chipping Cleghorn home of Letitia Blacklock. From that point on, and with the inclusion of amateur sleuth Miss Marple, we follow one of Agatha Christie's notoriously complex tales of mystery and murder.
A Murder Is Announced comes from Middle Ground Theatre Company and is the latest in a long line of both classic and alternative dramas over the past three decades, ranging from Gaslight and On Golden Pond to Cadfael and The Railway Children.
This time, they are firmly in Christie territory with a tale that has many twists and turns and more red herrings than your local fish counter. Sarah Thomas takes on the role of Miss Marple, quietly analysing the events of the night in question, much to the annoyance of the policeman in charge of the case, Inspector Craddock (Tom Butcher). So who is in on the act? After all, someone present on the evening must be the murderer… It seems that most have a case to answer as relationships unravel before your eyes. And why would anyone arrange for a murder to take place at this particular location, the home of Mrs Blacklock (Barbara Wilshere)? As far as the audience is concerned, it could be anyone but maybe particularly Mitzi, the Eastern European cook (played magnificently, and generating plenty of laughs, by Lydia Piechowiak) who obviously has an axe to grind. And who is the victim anyway? Slowly but surely the tale comes to its conclusion, even if poor Bunny (Karen Drury) doesn't seem to know whether she is coming or going.
There is plenty here to keep you guessing throughout the show over its two acts, each with 3 scenes based in the sumptuous drawing rooms of this Victorian house. And if you don't already know the story, you probably would not guess the culprit and the reason behind the murder. Just sit back and enjoy a tale of mystery and murder with only the irrepressible Miss Marple as the one person telling the truth. Or is she…?
A gathering of dubious looking and sounding relatives - a decidedly surly housekeeper - played by Lydia Piechowiak . Now throw in a police inspector, doggedly determined o find the culprit who fatally fired the first shot - and you have all the making of a typical Miss Marple situation. The action takes place in the drawing room of a large Victorian house in the fictitious village of Chipping Cleghorn.
The 12 strong cast worked very well together and It was difficult to determine who was the obvious 'shooter'. Plenty of 'red herrings' give this play the edge over many other Miss Marple plays.
IT WAS GOOD!