30 March, 2024

Maleny Players murder on stage

The elegant romance of Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries is captured in The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard at the Playhouse in Maleny Showgrounds April 5-21 (7pm evening and 2pm matinee performances over three weekends).

Maleny Players murder on stage - feature photo

The dress-up gala performance audience on Friday April 5 will be the first to unravel a fascinating mystery in a theatre set within a theatre set, complete with two critics ready to strut their knowledgeable pomposity.

The glamorous characters within the Christie-style play under review are the usual confident but confused aristocrats, trapped together in an isolated manor - with the BBC warning of escaped murderer at the door.

Add an unidentified body hidden in a sofa and you have the recipe for suspense – and a manorful of laughs.

Fours at the Bridge table, threes in love triangles and twos in passionate encounters keep Lady Cynthia Molloy (Deb Holland) and competing debutante Felicity (Claire Watkins) busy charming new and old lovers… alive and dead.

Inventive and playful playwright Stoppard in 1967 was taking a potshot at the London theatre critics who were keeping The Mousetrap open (71 years now) while behaving badly with up-and-coming stars.

An internal hierarchy endorsed them ‘first-string’ or lower; appointing ‘stand-ins’ to indulge as well.

Tickets available via or Maleny Art & Design Gallery (cash sales only).


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