2013 Murdered To Death Reviews

Daily Echo - Curtain Call

Monday 22nd April 2013

By Jim Rumsey

TO paraphrase Inspector Pratt (a brilliant, bumbling Nick Kearns) this Agatha Christie spoof has an ‘implausibly plausible plot’.

Within a classic setting of a country house (Michael Edwards) all the usual suspects are there.

Murder ensues and rids us of Mildred (a convincing portrayal by Sarah Hammond), the owner of the property.

There are six probable suspects: The colonel (Peter Wooldridge) who uses his ‘army speak’ to good effect, his stern wife (Jackie Nouwens), Dorothy (Clare Walker), Pierre (David Early) for whom the letter ‘h’ has no sound, Elizabeth (Hannah Thompson) and, of course, the butler Bunting (an hilarious Martin Pettigrew).

Newcomer Sam Muir makes the most of her role as Constable Tompkins’ assistant to Inspector Pratt. Adding to the mix is Miss Maple (sic) a role made for Alison Woodford.

There are subplots which add to the intrigue.

Director David Woolford’s play deserves to be seen this Friday and Saturday.


Hampshire Chronicle - 7 Days

Thursday 25th April 2013

By Joseph Curtis

The Worthy Players: Murdered to Death

Fun farce retains the 'whodunnit' factor

IT WAS murder most hilarious rather than horrid at the Jubilee Hall, King's Worthy, last week.

The Worthy Players presented Murdered to Death, by Peter Gordon, a lighter antidote to the traditional murder mystery type.

The setting was typical Agatha Christie - a dinner party at a stately home owned by a wealthy spinster, who soon gets shot by one of her guests, each hiding a secret. Unwanted guest 'Miss Maple' happens to be present, as she has at several murder scenes before, but she takes a backseat to Inspector Pratt in solving the crime.

Every stereotype is present - the rich, forgetful former colonel, his put-upon, resentful wife, the young, posh heiress, the drunken, world-weary butler and the comedy Frenchman with the 'dodgee' accent.

Just as his name suggests, Pratt is completely incompetent and Nick Kearns did a wonderful job bearing much of the comic burden, nailing the comic timing of his stupid remarks and ridiculous accusations and also pulling off some splendid slapstick.

His interactions with Sam Muir's Constable Thomkins (or Thompson as the inspector insists) make for a great double act, no more so than the misfortune suffered when the inspector decides to re-enact the crime.

It was director David Woolford's first time in charge of a play rather than his own pantomimes and music hall nights, and he did a great job blending the humour and mystery.

Despite the farce, Murdered to Death retained that 'whodunnit' factor that makes this genre so compelling, with a different character suspected at every turn.

Above all it was great fun and another fine Spring comedy to add to the Players' records.

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