As a nation we all seem to have an appetite for whodunnits. Agatha Christie’s A Murder is Announced is a crime classic as popular today as it was when published in 1950. Agatha Christie gave Miss Marple ( a clever lady of independent means) her most exciting plot twists.
The Middle Ground Theatre Company have brought a sparkling performance of A Murder is Announced to the Buxton Opera House this week.
The residents of Chipping Cleghorn are surprised when an advertisement in a local newspaper says a murder will take place at Little Paddocks, (the home of Letitia Blacklock, played by the talented Diane Fletcher). Curiosity gets the better of them and the group gather at the appointed time. When the lights go out the gun is fired. (At this point the audience all gasped in horror!). The famous detective, Miss Marple is called in and left to solve the mystery of the killer! Nothing is quite as it seems, the innocent one turns out to be the guilty one!
A mention should go to Sarah Thomas who is brilliant as Bunny, ( Letitia’s old friend) and Rachel Bright who plays Letitia’s young relative named Julia. Starring Judy Cornwell as Miss Marple, the performance proved very entertaining and the audience clearly enjoyed themselves.
The production features lavish sets and period costumes.
Go and see A Murder Is Announced at Buxton Opera House until Saturday, March 5.