The Colin McIntyre Classic Thriller Season is up and running this week at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham, with four mysteries being lined up over the next month.
Each production in the eagerly-awaited season features the same burning question – whodunit?
Starting the season is Peter Gordon’s play Sleighed To Death, running from Tuesday, July 31-Saturday, August 4.
It is Christmas Eve and Police Sergeant Pratt, together with his unfortunate assistant, Constable Mary Potter, is on a fund-raising mission with his magic show.
When they perform at a fine old country house, they suddenly find themselves at the centre of a family get-together, which is rapidly turning nasty.
Determined to make a name for himself, Pratt enthusiastically sets about solving an attempted murder, with the usual calamitous results. This prequel to the hugely entertaining trilogy of Inspector Pratt whodunit plays, introduces Pratt on his very first murder case.
Karen Henson from Tabs Productions, co-producer for the season, said: “We are so pleased to be back at the Theatre Royal this year.
“We bring you: a brand new Pratt play with pratfalls galore in Peter Gordon’s Sleighed to Death, a plethora of shoulder pads from Francis Durbridge’s A Touch of Danger, swashbuckles aplenty with The Scarlet Pimpernel from the pen of Louise Page and a profusion of piquant passions from John Goodrum’s The Nightmare Room.
“I am especially excited about our new adaptation of The Scarlet Pimpernel from local writer Louise Page. Baroness Orczy’s play of The Scarlet Pimpernel was first produced at the Theatre Royal Nottingham in 1903 before being published as a novel. She is often said to have influenced, arguably created, the ‘masked hero’ genre, so let’s hope our Pimpernel, Andrew Ryan, remembers to pack a cunning disguise!”
The rest of the season continues with A Touch of Danger by Francis Durbridge, from August 7-11, Louise Page’s adaptation of Baroness Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel, from August 14-18, and John Goodrum’s adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Nightmare Room, from August 21-25.
For ticket details of the shows, go to www.trch.co.uk or call 0115 989 5555.