Agatha Christie mystery at The Masque

The cast of The Murder of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. PICTURE: Martin Kluge

Agatha Christie’s The Murder of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd becomes a comedy play-within-a-play at The Masque Theatre in Muizenberg from Friday November 3 until Saturday November 18.

Cape Town Theatre Company and The Masque are revitalising the much-loved tradition of Agatha Christie at the theatre. This time round however, things are not quite what they seem to be.

The Murder of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd follows a fictional amateur society (who are really keen and committed), and their attempt to stage this iconic masterpiece. Attempt being the operative word, for things quickly go awry.

The production is adapted for stage by director Stephan Fourie and The Masque’s programming manager Faeron Wheeler, with set design by Robyn Theron, set engineering by Simon Dutton and costume design by Marna Wright. It is a joint production between two community societies – The Masque and Cape Town Theatre Company.

“This is a particularly perfect production to kick off our summer season,” says Wheeler. “The Murder of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is a love letter to community theatre, a play-within-a-play, where the hapless actors are pushing the boundaries of what human tenacity can overcome and achieve!”

Director Fourie says, “This show promises to stay true to the exciting twists and turns of a typical Agatha Christie, while disrupting everything you know about theatre in a riotous montage. It is a tribute to the tireless contributions of those in community theatre, who adore this wonderful community. It is a fabulous tonic for anyone in need of a good laugh!”

Performances are at 7.30pm with weekend matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets cost from R120 through Quicket.

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The Masque Box Office is open from 9am to 2pm every Wednesday.