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A Murder is Announced | December 2004

By Agatha Christie. Directed by Rene Hughes.

The residents of Chipping Cleghorn are astonished to read an advert in the local newspaper that a murder will take place the following Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Little Paddocks, the home of Letitia Blacklock.

All the residents of the town expect that it is a murder mystery party. Little do they know that they’ll all show up for it, one by one, only to have the power go out and have shots fired – and a man is found dead.

The police assume he had placed the ad and planned it as a robbery, but for Miss Marple it’s not that obvious. She believes that the killer is one of the people in the room. When two of those present the evening of the murder are subsequently killed, it is left to Miss Marple to unravel a complex series of relationships and false identities.

Julia Simmons                           Sian Roberts
Letita Blacklock                        Carolyn Taylor
Dora Bunner                              Penny Vetterlein
Patrick Simmons                       Ian-Paul Munday
Mitzi                                            Jenny Jones
Miss Marple                               Brenda Noble
Phillipa Haymes                         Ruth Clarke
Mrs Sweetenham                      Valerie Simpson
Edmund Sweetenham               James Marchant
Rudi Scherz                                James Molkenthin
Inspector Craddock                  Bernard Harriss
Sergeant Mellors                       Tony Burd









Set design/decor                   David Moon
Lighting Design                     Andrew Herbert
Sound Design                         Daniel Whymark
Stage Manager                      Liane Marchant
Asst Stage Managers            Sally Guttridge, James Molkenthin
Set construction                     Bernard Hemsley, David Moon, T62 members
Props                                       Sally Guttridge assisted by Rosemary Harris
Wardrobe                                Margaret Uzzell
Hair                                         Jean Golder
Prompt                                    Nina James

House Manager                      Maurice Uzzell
Refreshments                         Ann Herbert
Raffle                                        Eve Stone
Box Office                                Margaret Uzzell
Poster/programme design   Graham Copeland
Programme editor                  Maurice Uzzell