Summer season of murder mystery

For those of you who love murder mystery and horror then Talking Scarlet’s summer season at Buxton Opera House is going to be right up your street.

They are staging two plays – James Cawood’s Death Toll followed by a new adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde – with Mob Murder, a murder mystery evening for one night only in between the two.

Death Toll is set in a desolate former hunting lodge in the Scottish Highlands. A famous playwright and his wife await the arrival of his new ‘muse’ – a charming and charismatic young actor determined to secure a role in his latest production.

What starts out as a seemingly innocent though macabre audition, soon leads to an evening of twists, turns and, eventually, murder. The play mixes black comedy and shocks of the highest order. A classic thriller which will leave you breathless.

Jekyll and Hyde is based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson and adapted by Nicholas Briggs. Dr Henry Jekyll believes there are two distinct sides to men – good and evil. Unfortunately his experiments unleash Hyde, a monstrous and uncontrollable alter ego. Prepare for the fright of your life in this atmospheric Gothic melodrama.

Death Toll is on from August 11-13 and Jekyll and Hyde from August 15-19.

On the Sunday evening August 14 you can join Talking Scarlet for an interactive theatre experience like no other as the Pavilion Arts Centre is transformed into 1930s New York.

It’s a period of unrest within the Mafia, and the heads of five families assemble in Central Park. But before discussions can begin the boss is shot dead by an unseen assailant.

Chaos descends at accusations and bullets start to fly and it is the job of the NYPD to uncover the truth.

Tickets to this show include a glass of wine. Fancy dress is optional.

For those of you who prefer something a little more genteel, then Talking Scarlet are also staging The Wind in the Willows at the Opera House from August 8-10.

For tickets for all the shows go to