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Death Walked In

Bettine Manktelow

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4f, 3m

Celia, lonely and highly strung, is struggling to run her small country hotel. Her charming, rakish step-son, Rex, is no help. Joan and her tearaway sister, Eva, are staying at the hotel which represents something of a romantic pilgrimage for Joan who, after ten years, still believes herself in love…

Death Walked In

by  Bettine Manktelow

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4f, 3m
  • Duration
    Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Description
Celia, lonely and highly strung, is struggling to run her small country hotel. Her charming, rakish step-son, Rex, is no help. Joan and her tearaway sister, Eva, are staying at the hotel which represents something of a romantic pilgrimage for Joan who, after ten years, still believes herself in love with Rex. Events lead to a suicide (or is it murder?). The climax involves mistaken identity and mislaid cyanide!
History
1977:   First produced by The Acorn Players at the Granville Theatre, Ramsgate.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Cautions
  • Smoking

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: 1980s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The bar-lounge of a country hotel in Sussex.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

4f, 3m
Cast Attributes

Angela Webster:  The maid at the hotel, a simple country girl.

George Carter:  A gossipy and gloomy old man, also works at the hotel.

Joan Mountstevens:  A schoolteacher, prim and plain, repressed.  Pre-occupied with her sister's problems.  40s

Celia Randolph:  The proprietor of the hotel, sophisticated, self-possessed and imperious.  40s

Cdr. Roy Boothby:  A permanent guest at the hotel.  Smooth, charming and affable with a military bearing.50s

Eva Mountstevens:  Joan's wayward younger sister, pretty and precocious. 18+

Rex Randolph:  Celia's stepson, attractive, confident and suave but weak. 35

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"an intriguing plot" - Thanet Times

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Authors

Bettine Manktelow

Bettine Manktelow was born Bettine Stratton in Gillingham in Kent, and is the middle daughter of three.She became stage-struck at an early age andworked in a repertory company atChatham Theatre Royalat the age of sixteen as an assistant stage-manager, learning stage craft from the bottom up and graduating to acting par ...

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