Curtains up for a great thriller

Murder, mystery and intrigue are in store in the Marlowe Players’ next production, Curtain Up On Murder.

Director Suzi Illston was looking for a play when she came across Bettine Manktelow’s 1998 comedy thriller.

“It caught my attention because it’s a whodunnit with humour and twists which kept me wanting to read right to the end,” she said.

The plot involves an amateur drama group rehearsing a play in an end-of-the-pier theatre when they are inexplicably locked in. Events take a sinister turn as a mysterious, ghostly presence passes across the stage.

When the assistant stage manager falls to her death through a trap door, the actors are thrown into disarray.

Curtain Up On Murder is at Darley Abbey Village Hall from November 21-25. For tickets go to or call 07961 607372.