Sunday 9 September 2012

Drama in Chipping Cleghorn

On Saturday 25th August 2012 I attended the matinee performance from the Norwich Players of Agatha Christie's A Murder Is Announced at the Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich. Published in June 1950, Agatha Christie's book A Murder is Announced saw the return of Miss Marple after a seven year absence. The novel was adapted for the stage and debuted in London in 1977 by Leslie Darbon.

A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October the thirteenth, at Little Paddocks at six thirty pm. This is placed in the personal column of the Chipping Cleghorn Gazette that very morning. When the appointed hour arrives the house is full of guests who find themselves thrown into pitch darkness as the lights go out. The door slams shut and shots are fired. Someone falls to the ground amongst the panic. It is left to Miss Marple to unravel this tantalising mystery.

The Norwich Players aim was to make a powerful contemporary version of the play setting it in the present day. This was a classic closed room whodunit set in the front room of Letitia Blacklock's large house in Chipping Cleghorn. This was another wonderful afternoon to be at the Maddermarket Theatre as the Norwich Players put on an entertaining and interesting performance.

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