The Eastern Angles theatre company are back with a hilarious new Christmas production, which takes a sideways look at the Agatha Christie-style murder mystery. Created by writing team Julian Harries and Pat Whymark the zany new play entitled Dial M For Murgatroyd can be seen in Ipswich, Woodbridge and Peterborough.
Last year the company produced a memorable Dickens spoof, Round The Twist starring the inimitable Greg Wagland as the larger than life Miss Haversack.
This year audiences will be pleased to see the return of popular local actor Julian Harries when he takes on a whole host of mad-cap characters in Eastern Angles’ latest festive production.
The first port of call for Dial M for Murgatroyd will be the cosy Sir John Mills Theatre in Ipswich where the show will open on November 28th. Eastern Angles have been performing their anarchic Christmas shows (and serving punch and mince pies into the bargain!) at this venue for the past 25 years. During that time the show has gained a cult following with groups booking the whole auditorium weeks in advance. Second stop will be the Seckford Theatre in the grounds of Woodbridge School where the show will run from 15th until the 26th January. Finally, Dial M for Murgatroyd will move across the region to the Key Theatre Studio in Peterborough where the play will be performed for a final week until Saturday 2nd February.
Eastern Angles describe their productions as a ‘wacky alternative to the traditional Christmas panto’ where sell-out shows include quick-fire banter, catchy tunes and hysterical comedy performances from the cast.
Taking the mickey out of the British tradition for country house murder mysteries, Dial M for Murgatroyd will feature the impossibly posh Suffolk-based Fitzall family and a huge cast of characters (all played by five energetic actor musicians) including a pompous Major, his batty bohemian wife, Fenton – their spineless son, a domineering daughter and of course the super-shrewd Miss Murgatroyd.
Founded in 1982 by Artistic Director Ivan Cutting, Eastern Angles has seen the popularity of its ‘panto alternative’ really take off over the last few years. What started out as a modest two-week run has now expanded into a ten-week sell-out tour that packs in the punters year after year!
• To book your tickets for Ipswich and Woodbridge contact the Box Office on 01473 211498 or visit www.easternangles.co.uk