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A Murder Is Announced

by Agatha Christie
adapted for the stage by Leslie Darbon

13th - 20th March 2004
Director: Caroline Melliar-Smith

The invitation spelled it out quite clearly: "A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 29th, at Little Paddocks, at 6:30 p.m." Everyone in town expected a simple party game - a secret 'murderer' is chosen, the lights go out, the 'victim' falls, and the players guess 'whodunit'. Amusing, indeed - until a real corpse is discovered. A game as murderous as this requires the best player of all... Jane Marple.

Julia Simmons Anne-Marie Lonsdale
Phillipa Haymes Jill Stringer
Letitia Blacklock Adele Taylor
Dora Bunner June Janes
Patrick Simmons Ian Mairs
Mitzi Colette Fitton
Miss Jane Marple Linda Batson
Mrs Swettenham Olive Bradbury
Edmund Swettenham Richard Frost
Rudi Scherz Geoffrey Martin
Inspector Craddock David Reynolds
Sergeant Mellors Graham Yardley
Undertakers Paul Lewis
Tom Thistleton
Stage Manager Jill Hine
ASM Michelle Bright
Prompt Sue Jones
Lighting Chris Hills
Jenny Panton
Sound Jan Atkins
Dave Midgley
Properties Daphne Martyn
Wardrobe Clare McGlashan
Fenella Fowkes
Set Design and Construction David Melliar-Smith
Trevor Jones
Ronnie Dykstra
Brian Stoner
Anthony Whitworth
Howarth's Theatre Properties, Gawsworth Hall (for the loan of the stretcher)
Christina Theobald (lifting and handling advice)