by Agatha Christie adapted by Leslie Darbon

21, 22 and 23 November 2013

Directed by Rosemary Gillett

poster v3An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock’s Victorian house in Chipping Cleghorn. The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn, including Miss Marple, are agog with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette which reads: “A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 13th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30 p.m.”. A childish practical joke? Or a hoax intended to scare poor Letitia Blacklock? Unable to resist the mysterious invitation, a crowd begins to gather at Little Paddocks at the appointed time when, without warning, the lights go out…

The victim is not one of the house’s several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution at some risk to herself in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain.

Cast

Miss Marple – Barbara Laird
Miss Blacklock – Janet Duchesne
Julie Simmonds – Alison O’Neil
Patrick Simmonds – Adam Hardy
Bunny – Lynn Lunn
Philippa Haymes – Elaine Angelis
Mitzi – Rachel Unicomb
Inspector Craddock – Kevin Stokes
Clara Sweetenham – Rosie Pickersgill
Edmund Sweetenham – David Penny
Rudi Schertz & Mellors – Kevin Swaine

Director – Rosemary Gillett
Stage Manager – Chrissie Robinson
Set Design – Nigel Cassford, Chrissie Robinson, Jo Compton
Costumes – Jo Compton
Prompt – Toni Mehra