The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

Written by John Bishop

Directed by John O'Leary-Fawcett

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Performances were 17 - 25 January 2020
Auditions are 29 October 2019
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“Imagine a 42nd Street with corpses where the songs ought to be.”

The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious ‘Stage Door Slasher’) assemble for a backer’s audition at an isolated country mansion. The house is filled with sliding wall panels, secret passageways, Nazi spies, a bumbling police inspector and a German maid who is apparently four different people - all of which figure in the intrigue and comic mayhem which follows when the ‘Slasher’ reappears, striking again - and again, and again.

As the composer, lyricist, actors and director prepare their performance, and a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swivelling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions. As suspicion mounts with the demise of each new victim until the ‘Slasher’ is finally unmasked - much to the relief of the audience, who will need a rest following the non-stop barrage of laughter.

The production will hopefully provide a new energy to a classic who-dunnit spoof, combining the suspense of an Agatha Christie and the electricity of Baz Luhrman…with the madness of Benny Hill thrown in!


The Eccentric Host, Elsa - Angie Goss
The Maid, Helsa - Kate Johnson
The Chorus Girl, Nikki - Elise Crosby
The Lush, Bernice - Jenny McDonald
The Producer, Marjorie - Julie Foster
The Detective, Michael - Phil Baker
The Director, Ken - Joe Butcher
The Comedian, Eddie - TBC
The Composer, Roger - David Hillman
The Tenor, Patrick - TBC

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