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At the Sign of the Crippled Harlequin

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  5f, 3m

A case of mistaken identity leads to tragedy in this engaging thriller. In a snowbound guest house in the Peak District, Marjory Pike is wrongly identified by another guest as the author of a book declaiming certain mediums, one of whom had committed suicide as a result.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 3m
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
Licence details
  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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Summary

A case of mistaken identity leads to tragedy in this engaging thriller. In a snowbound guest house in the Peak District, Marjory Pike is wrongly identified by another guest as the author of a book declaiming certain mediums, one of whom had committed suicide as a result. The son of the deceased medium is staying at the guest house, so when he arrives in the lounge bloodied and bruised, and Marjory is found dead, the finger of suspicion naturally points at him. But the guest house may be haunted, other guests have their own secrets, and even the proprietors are not above suspicion... In true Norman Robbins fashion the deepening mystery is rich with shocks and laughs as the play moves to its unexpected close.

History

First production April 2007 Tiverton Dramatic Society

As of 2016 over 50 performances worldwide

Cast Attributes
  • Parts for Senior Actors
Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre

one female - late 20s

3 female, one male 30's

one male, one female 40's

one female 70's

  • Time Period Present Day
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Additional Features Not Applicable
  • Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions

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Authors

Norman Robbins

Norman Robbins, one of Amateur Theatre's most popular authors, wrote his first stage show almost 60 years ago whilst working for the Yorkshire Evening Post. An avid theatregoer from the age of three (his grandparents ran the pub near the local theatre so free tickets were al ...

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