13th April 2016

Dark deeds in Chipping CleghornAnnouncing a Murder at the Wyvern

Announcing a Murder at the Wyvern.

So imagine then. You’ve got your copy of the Swindon Advertiser, you’ve sat down with a coffee and chocolate digestive to peruse its contents and you come across something like this:

Newspaper clipping - Announcing a Murder at the Wyvern

Now do some more imagining and think of the frenzy of speculation and gossip. Fever pitch wouldn’t cover it. There’s be a social media maelstrom. Facebook would fall over, Swindon 24 would be beside itself and Twitter would explode. Or is it implode? Anyway …When just such a thing happens in Chipping Cleghorn the sherry glasses shake and the tea cups tremble fit to break.

Red Herrings and all the usual suspects

And so begins an evening of:
Red herrings
Policemen wearing trilbys
Characters who aren’t who they say they are
A stereotypical servant with a thick eastern European/Russian accent  (these plays were written in different times)
And of course Miss Marple – the super sleuth in the tweed and clumpy shoes whose ever-present knitting and self-effacing personality disguises a razor sharp mind.

All of which adds up to the a murderously good evening’s entertainment on the stage of the Wyvern Theatre. So if you’ve got an evening free this week book yourself in and lose yourself in the classic, timeless cleverness of Agatha Christie – aka the Queen of Crime.

Agatha Christie’s 50th Book

Promoted either side of the pond as Miss Christie’s 50th book, ‘A Murder is Announced’ was published in 1950.

It’s a staple of the crime fiction genre, one widely considered to the best of the Miss Marple adventures.

‘ The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn, including Jane Marple, are agog with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette. It reads: ‘A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30 p.m.’

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…And anymore would be spoilers!

Find links to booking tickets here: https://swindontheatres.co.uk/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=D227E11E-A20F-430A-887A-633F8DF87BD2

The role of Miss Marple is taken by Judy Cornwell who has been in oodles of things since the 1960s. If you can even imagine such a thing. Though these days she’s probably best known for her role as Daisy in the BBC’s ‘Keeping up Appearances’. And I rather suspect that most of the rest of the cast you’ll have seen somewhere or there in something or other.

To whet your appetite further here’s a nice Youtube link to the official trailer of the production:

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