Playing 16 July to 7 August 2021
A radio play of the classic British comedy of the cowardly ghost in wartime England.
Authorities on the subject of phantoms declare that the most fearsome ghost of all the British Isles is that of nobleman Sir Simon de Canterville.
Haunting Canterville castle for 300 years, this sprightly apparition has been unique for its keen sense of showmanship and its variety of tricks, shapes and sound effects.
The ghost originated in 1634 when Sir Simon was scheduled to fight a duel. He took one look at his fierce and towering opponent and ran away from the field of honour in a startling display of speed and cowardice. He was chased to his father’s castle by his frustrated opponent, Sir Valentine, which is where our first act starts.
Playing 5 November to 27 November 2021
Henry Hailsham-Brown’s second wife Clarissa is adept at spinning tales of adventure. When she is asked why she makes up these stories she says no-one believes her when she tells the truth, but when a murder takes place in her drawing room, she comes to learn that the facts are much more exciting than fiction. Desperate to dispose the body before her husband arrives home with an important foreign diplomat, she enlists the help of her guests. Everything seems to be going according to plan until the police arrive.
Spiders Web is one of the few plays written by Agatha Christie as an original play and was the second longest running play in the West End surpassed only by The Mousetrap. What sets it apart from some of her other plays is that although it is has the plot twists and red herrings you expect, it is also great fun.