Full Length Play
Time Period - 1930s
Settings Of Play - Various Locations: Shaitana’s drawing-room, Dr. Robert’s Surgery, The Wendon Lodge, Mrs. Lorrimer’s drawing-room, and Mrs. Oliver’s flat during the Summer of 1935.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Cutting Approved for Competition
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Mild Adult Themes
High School/Secondary, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre
Mr. Shaitana is a strange and wealthy collector of snuff boxes and other objets d'art. One evening he invites two specialists, Superintendent Battle of Scotland Yard and crime novelist Ariadne Oliver, to a dinner party to view his special collection: four people who have committed murder and gotten away with it. As they play bridge after dinner, Shaitana is daringly murdered by someone at the party. Battle sets out to solve the crime aided, of course, by the eager Mrs. Oliver who begins with psychological deductions from the bridge score cards. After many red herrings, skeletons in the cupboard and two more deaths, Battle lays his cards on the table.
"As a puzzle, this murder mystery constantly teases, frustrates and surprises." - The Daily Telegraph
Cards on the Table was first presented at the Vaudevill Theatre in London on December 9th, 1981. Directed by Peter Dews.