News: All-star cast in Christie classic

To kick off the 2013 presented season at Derby Theatre, one of Agatha Christie’s best mysteries, A Murder is Announced will run from Tue 29 January until Sat 2 February.

The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are agog with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette which reads ‘a murder is announced and will take place on Friday 29th October, at Little Paddocks at 6.30pm.’ 

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… What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns and the inimitable Miss Marple on had to provide the final solution in a dramatic confrontation scene just before the final curtain. 


A Murder is Announced stars Dean Gaffney, best known for his eleven years as Robbie Jackson in Eastenders, who is also a noted stage actor; Gemma Bissix, another Eastenders star as a child but better known these days for her award-winning role as the villainous Clare Devine in Hollyoaks and Katy Manning, the iconic Doctor Who assistant, Jo Grant.

A Murder is Announced also boasts a fascinating cast of characters and an affectionate picture of a post WWII English village. An evening of intriguing plots, subterfuge and murder by the Mistress of Whodunnits.


Tickets: £10 - £23, concessions £10 - £21.
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Listings info Derby Theatre Mon 19 – Sat 24 Nov, 7.30pm, matinees on Thu & Sat, 2.30pm Tickets: ££10 - £21, concessions £10 - £19

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