The Murder Room
Knutsford Little Theatre welcomes back some familiar faces with their latest offering, Jack Sharkey’s farce, The Murder Room. Viccie Dougall was the star of many youth productions and has returned to the theatre after completing a drama degree at Liverpool Hope University. She shows excellent stage presence and strength of character in a challenging part that requires her to be on stage for most of the play in the central role of Mavis Hollister.
Another person to come up from the junior section is Penny James who plays the delightfully dippy Susan Hollister. A favourite amongst pantomime audiences, Penny made her début in an adult production in Proscenophobia when she was only fourteen. To complete the trio of former youth stars is Pete Blain who plays Barry Draper a dashing American millionaire who met Susan Hollister on the ship to Liverpool and proposed before they had docked.
Also making a welcome return to the stage is Miles Buckley. Miles is more often found lurking in the wings or in the lighting box, but makes an excellent job playing the enigmatic Inspector Crandall. The cast is completed by two actors returning to the stage after a rather shorter break than some of the others. David Muncaster was last seen as the seedy character known simply as ‘The Suit’ in Good Grief, but he might not be immediately recognisable this time round, and Jill Freeman, who played the redoubtable Dorothy in Life Begins at Seventy, excels in the role of Lottie Molloy, a housekeeper who is most definitely not all spit and polish.
With a set full of weird and wonderful contraptions and a laugh-a-minute script, The Murder Room is sure to please.
The play runs from Wednesday 10thto Saturday 13thNovember. Curtain up at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 and may be reserved by calling 01565 873515.