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SHEFFIELD’S Midland Players are back with Norman Robbin’s scary spoof sequel Tiptoe Through the Tombstones at the University of Sheffield Drama Studio.
Some months have passed since the ghastly events in Monument House, well known to those familiar with the previous A Tomb with a View. Now Mortimer Crayle, the crusty old lawyer, and his secretary Zoe, have gathered the last remaining Tomb family members (as offbeat a bunch as the original occupants!) at the old house, ostensibly to inform them about their inheritance. But Crayle has designs on the inheritance which demand the deaths of all the Tombs. Fog descends on the gloomy mansion and in the cobwebby corridors things, and people, are seldom what they seem. With poison in every decanter and mysterious disappearances into secret passageways, hosts and guests alike join the increasing number of bodies in the cellar.
A glorious spoof, that couples the detective thrills of Cludeo with the scare chills of The Woman in Black! A worthy sequel to A Tomb with a View, although previous acquaintance with the Tomb family and A Tomb with A View is not required, its a scary whodunnit night out for the whole family!
Not only the world’s most successful and prolific pantomime writer, Norman Robbins has entertained audiences for almost fifty years with his thrillers and comedies. Over ten thousand productions, professional and amateur, have taken his name around the world and he is published in several languages. During his forty-year acting career, he appeared on stage, television and radio with Ken Dodd, Ronnie Barker, Hylda Baker, Morecambe and Wise, Roy Hudd, Harry Worth, and many others. He is also a well known theatre director and provides occasional articles for Amateur Stage magazine.
The cast of entirely local performers are Chrissy Almond (Edna Honeywell), Phil Ashton (Mortimer Crayle), Frank Badger (Augustus Tomb), Ruth Deller (Henrietta Tomb), Rosie Dyson(Athene Tomb), Joe Hall (Larry Lewis), Andrew Hibbert (Vernon Prewitt), Catherine Newsome (Fabia Tomb), Anna Wright (Octavia Tomb) and Jan Wright (Zoe Mapleton).
The Midland Players amateur dramatic society has been active in Sheffield for over 30 years, performing two plays each year at The University of Sheffield Drama Studio. The company originally formed from staff who worked at the Midland Bank which is now HSBC.
The production is directed by Andrew Hibbert with costumes by Judy Colby with Designs by Phil George.
Tickets for the production are priced £7 and available by contacting Midland Players on 0114 236 1186 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The show runs from Wednesday April 25 to Saturday April 28.
This production is the sequel to the highly successful Robbin’s play A Tomb With a View.