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Five Americans, Three Murders and a Poisoning by Robert Bloomfield Players/Rebecca Preen
RolesMinimum Male roles = 5. Minimum Female roles = 15. Minimum total with doubling = 20. Minimum total without doubling = 31. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 125 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA ripping comedy whodunnit with fast paced dialogue and changes of scene very cleverly keeping the audience on its toes. Written for a youth theatre performance but would be equally suitable for an adult cast.
SynopsisSet in the splendour of Grantham Manor, England, 1926, a Murder Mystery unravels. Lady Grantham and her children, Jeremy and Miranda are awoken to discover that Lord Grantham, husband and father respectively, has been murdered - his Brandy glass laced with poison. One of the country's most promising young Inspectors is brought in to investigate along with England's first female Professor of Forensic Pathology. Together they must discover who perpetrated the death of this prominent local dignitary before anyone else falls prey to a roaming killer.
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Ghosts at the Grange by Karen Doling
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RolesMinimum Male roles = 6. Minimum Female roles = 5. Minimum total with doubling = 12. Minimum total without doubling = 13. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 85 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleFull-length comic whodunnit. Single living room set.
SynopsisLancelot and Guinevere are dead, and have been for a hundred years. They haunt Arthur's house, and are the only witnesses to his murder. But how can they let his family know who committed the foul deed?
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How Did That Get In My Locker? by Andrew M. Frodahl
RolesMinimum Male roles = 7. Minimum Female roles = 8. Minimum total with doubling = 14. Minimum total without doubling = 17. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 63 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA one act school play - chiefly American in theme and content, though could be adapted for other audiences.
SynopsisWhen prom queen Emily goes missing and her bra turns up in Dullon Bland’s locker, only teen PI Ithaca Shue can help him.
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The Killings at Snowball's Drift by Richard Coleman
RolesMinimum Male roles = 8. Minimum Female roles = 6. Minimum total with doubling = 14. Minimum total without doubling = 15. No chorus. A (male) newsreader appears in the opening prologue. Could be doubled with the Police Inspector or could be done as a voice over.
Run TimeAround 100 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleTwo-act murder mystery set in 1948. Single interior set (with the stage split into two or three rooms). Simple props.
SynopsisSnowball's Drift is the home of Sir Gerald Mooncast, head of the Mooncast publishing empire. Authors are gathering at the house for the announcement of the annual Mooncast literary prize. In addition to the artistic tensions, there's skulduggery within the publishing house, romantic rivalries for the affections of Sir Gerald and a family feud involving his estranged sons. The stage is set for murder!
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The Mayhem on Smuggler's Pier by Richard Coleman
RolesMinimum Male roles = 9. Minimum Female roles = 5. Minimum total with doubling = 16. Minimum total without doubling = 19. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 90 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleMurder mystery set within a cabaret show and therefore interspersed with cabaret acts. Simple sets.
SynopsisThe Pettigrew Players have assembled for their annual summer show on Smuggler's Pier, but just as they begin their rehearsals, maverick financier Cornelius Van De Vellt announces that he has bought the pier and is closing them down. With all the players depending on the success of the show, there are plenty of suspects when Van De Vellt is found murdered. Will Inspector Bacchus solve the case (or will he just sit back and enjoy the cabaret)?
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Merely Players by Damian Trasler
Performance by Debenhem Players won the Adjudicator's Award at the 2015 Woodbridge Drama Festival.
RolesMinimum Male roles = 3. Minimum Female roles = 2. Minimum total with doubling = 5. Minimum total without doubling = 5. No chorus. Each of the actors plays two contrasting roles.
Run TimeAround 85 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleFull-length play, morphing from light back-stage romantic comedy into a murder mystery and back again. Single set, most of which is put in place during the course of the play.
SynopsisThis is great fun. Starting with a bare stage, under the guise of tidying the theatre's store of props and costumes, the characters accidentally build the set of a drawing-room murder mystery, and Phyllis's daydream of being the Lady of the Manor suddenly comes to life as a period drama, until the spell is broken, leaving Phyllis with new insights into her life.
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Murder at Mole End by Karen Doling
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 8. Minimum total without doubling = 8. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 85 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleFull-length murder mystery play (single set). A comedy which manages to get as far as self-parody whilst delivering a complex and satisfying mystery.
SynopsisTwo couples attend a Murder Mystery Weekend, only to discover that they all have links to the main actor in the piece. Before too long, he's been murdered for real and the race is on to solve the murder and avoid jail!
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Murder in Check by Geoff Bamber
RolesMinimum Male roles = 5. Minimum Female roles = 5. Minimum total with doubling = 10. Minimum total without doubling = 10. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 100 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA full length play encompassing comedy, a who-dunnit, and some farce. A single, country house lounge set.
SynopsisWhen Harriet Downey's husband heads off to a Pacific island, leaving her with a mountain of debt, she looks for ways of raising funds to keep the family home, Downey Grange, up and running. Harriet's pet project is a chess weekend, bringing together enthusiasts who had only previously played each other online. As one of these enthusiasts is DCI Gareth Trench, enjoying some well-earned leave, it seems likely that some foul deed is in the offing.
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The Murder of Arthur Bennington by Matthew Lynch
RolesMinimum Male roles = 6. Minimum Female roles = 5. Minimum total with doubling = 15. Minimum total without doubling = 15. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 90 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleFull-length murder mystery play. Country house setting. Stage divided into one central section and two raised wings. Two simple sets for the main section, static wings.
SynopsisArthur Bennington, a vile and detestable man is murdered one stormy night. Detective Inspector Perry, with his rather peculiar methods, must solve the case. Why is Elle the maid always so nervous? Did Percy the gardener really see Reginald returning home at 7:00am? Is George really as stupid as he makes out? What's Ronald Shifty got to do with it all and who can make sense of their old Auntie Agnes? Can Perry answer all these before the killer strikes again?
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Murder! Mystery! - and Suspenders? by Karen Doling
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 4. Minimum total with doubling = 8. Minimum total without doubling = 9. No chorus. All characters are adults. Variety of ages.
Run TimeAround 90 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleComic take on the classic whodunnit. Single box set with practical door and French window.
SynopsisThere's a body in the library - apparently strangled with a suspender belt (unless you're American, in which case he was strangled with a garter belt) - a mystery to be solved and lots of people acting suspiciously. All the ingredients of the classic whodunnit, including the pipe-smoking amateur detective - though in this case, she might well be one of the suspects!
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