May 2004 Production

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by Gary Simpson

AUDITIONS: Wednesday 21st APRIL, 8:15 Bovingdon

PERFORMANCE: Saturday 22nd MAY, 8:00 Bovingdon

In the 1920s, An ancient Egyptian curse returns to haunt the jinxed Willoughby family, holders of the famed Willoughby Diamond...

Follow the links below for information on our Production

Dramatis Personae


How it works

Cast List

Lady Constance Willoughby. 65: Widow of the famous explorer Sir Royston Willoughby, who recently died in mysterious circumstances...

Daphne Willoughby. 46: Flighty, scatter-brained daughter of Lady Constance. Unable to cope psychologically with her father’s death, she faints every time his name is mentioned...

Colonel Montgomery Willoughby. 60: Younger brother of Sir Royston, he shared many of his experiences, including his wife...

Alice Boardman : The maid who hides more than her share of disgraceful secrets...

Potts, 70: The faithful gardener. His devotion through the years to the Willoughby family is only matched by his deafness...

Abdul el-Jahaj, 50: The mysterious Egyptian manservant whose life was saved by Sir Royston during a fated Egyptian expedition...

Rupert Bonnington-Smythe, 20: The young man who wins the heart of Daphne Willoughby, but can’t find her brains...

Inspector Foot of the Yard, a keen enthusiast who comes to the auction of the famed Willoughby Diamond and ends up investigating not one murder, but three... Small part in the show but acts as compere – mainly  for the questioning.

Following the auditions, the following Members have been cast thus:

Potts Adrian White
Alice Boardman Patricia Choffel
Colonel Montgomery Willoughby Philip Waine
Lady Constance Willoughby Anna Murkowski
Daphne Willoughby Liz Lewis
Abdul el-Jahaj John Godfrey
Rupert Bonnington-Smythe Jeff Prestedge
Inspector Foot of the Yard Iain King


Rehearsals were Wednesdays (8:00) and Thursdays (8:30) in the Hall (except for 12th May).


How the evening worked

A detailed description of how the evening works is available from the Murdernight website

However, in summary, it worked like this:

·       Audience are seated round tables in teams of 6

·       The play is performed (about 30 minutes), during which…

·       …someone dies! Inspector Foot of the Yard arrives to take charge.

·       Break for Food (bring your own Food, Drink, plates etc.) & Raffle

·       Cast returns on stage for questioning by the audience

·       Teams submit their answers (Who, Why & How Dunnit)

·       Break for coffee (this will be available in the Hall)

·       Prize to winning team(s)

·       Additional clues will be provided during the evening

The main idea was for the evening to be a Social event for the Players and their friends. As a result it was not be advertised it outside the group, and we only charged enough to cover costs - £5 per ticket.

For more information see the Murdernight website or contact Iain on 01923 265973

This page last updated: 04 May 2012