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A Tomb with a View

Norman Robbins

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  6f, 4m

A Tomb With A View is set in as sinister an old library as one is likely to come across presided over by a portrait of a grim faced, mad eyed old man. There, a dusty, lawyer reads a will (involving some millions of pounds) to an equally sinister family one member of which has were wolf tendencies,…

A Tomb with a View

by  Norman Robbins

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    6f, 4m
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Description

A Tomb With A View is set in as sinister an old library as one is likely to come across presided over by a portrait of a grim faced, mad eyed old man. There, a dusty, lawyer reads a will (involving some millions of pounds) to an equally sinister family one member of which has were wolf tendencies, another wanders around in a toga of Julius Caesar and a third member is a gentle old lady who plants more than seeds in her flower beds. By the third act, there are more corpses than live members left in the cast and what about the sympathetic nurse and the author of romantic novels are they all, or more than, they seem to be? All is revealed as the plot twists and turns to its surprising conclusion.

History

24th October 1977, St Giles Player

As of 2016 over 1,760 productions worldwide

Translations in German and Dutch

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
Cautions
  • No Special Cautions

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Setting:

Setting of the play is the Library of Monument House.  There are no books on the shelves.  There is a large painting of the late Septimus Tomb on the wall.  There are some secret panels in the walls.

Act 1 Evening

Act ll Sc 1 Fifteen minutes later: Sc 2 The following morning

Act lll That evening

Casting

6f, 4m
Cast Attributes
  • Parts for Senior Actors

HAMILTON PENWORTHY - 70s

LUCIEN TOMB - 50s

DORA TOMB - 49 looks 60

EMILY TOMB - mid 40s

MARCUS TOMB - mid 40s

ANNE FRANKLIN - mid 20s

AGATHA HAMMOND - mid 60s

FREDA MOUNTJOY - (40 - 50)

PEREGRINE POTTER - mid 30s

MONICA TOMB - mid 30s

Casting Notes

All of the Tomb characters are 'over the top' but take themselves very seriously

Lucien - pompous petulant professor type: 

Dora - nervous demeanour,dithery, fussy type: 

Emily - could be mistaken for an all in wrestler:

Marcus - imagines himself to be Caesar: 

Monica - man mad!

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

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Press

"This is a well written and well constructed play with more twists and turns than a corkscrew and you will never work out who the murderer is, so you ahve to wait to the end of the play to find out" – Seaford and Newhaven News, May 2013

"Laughter with a chilly spine" – Sussex Express, May 1979

 

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Authors

Norman Robbins

Norman, 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 theatre-goer from the age of 3, (his Grand-parents ran the pub near the local theatre so free tickets were always available) he was equally fascinated by Operett ...

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