Players are back with a hilarious whodunnit

The Belper Players are presenting the comedy Murdered To Death next week
The Belper Players are presenting the comedy Murdered To Death next week

Belper Players promise an evening of merriment and mayhem next week in their forthcoming production of Murdered To Death by Peter Gordon, the group’s first production in this, its 80th anniversary year.

TV adaptations of Agatha Christie novels are rarely off our screens, but this play lovingly lampoons the traditional detective novel.

The action is set in a remote country manor where Mildred, a wealthy widow, her niece Dorothy, and the grumpy butler Bunting prepare to entertain a motley crew of guests for dinner.

There’s a retired colonel and his long suffering wife, a glamorous young lady and the ubiquitous Frenchman.

The inquisitive Miss Joan Maple lives in the village and manages to get herself invited for dinner.

But all is not what it seems, and the evening quickly descends into murder

Enter the utterly incompetent police inspector Pratt, assisted by the infinitely more competent local bobby, and you have the kind weekend that Agatha Christie wished she had written about.

Luckily everyone can depend on local amateur sleuth Joan to help out where the incompetent Inspector Pratt falls down.

Director Sara Noble-Nesbitt said: “It’s very, very funny, but behind all the gags is a clever little whodunnit.

“So there really is something for everyone.

“And it’s suitable for older children too.

Murdered To Death will be performed at the The Strutt Centre in Belper, from March 16 to 19 at 7.30pm each night.

Tickets priced £8 (£7 under-18s, and £7 concessions on first night only are available on 07582 416610 or online at www.belperplayers.com