A Sting in the Tale

by  Dennis Spooner, Brian Clemens

Full Length Play  /  3m, 2f

"It is a glorious spoof, a send up of almost every mystery thriller written for the stage with some wickedly witty lines." - Maidenhead Advertiser

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  • Cast Size

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    3m, 2f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

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    From West End

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Two once successful crime writing playwrights are writing a block bluster to pay off their mounting debts, or are they fulfilling their full potential by plotting the perfect murder? The nagging wife is the ideal victim, especially as she is heavily insured. It all seems plausible until their secretary is mistakenly killed and a stagestruck detective appears on the scene.
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"It is a glorious spoof, a send up of almost every mystery thriller written for the stage with some wickedly witty lines." - Maidenhead Advertiser

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  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

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  • Time Period: Contemporary, 1980s
  • Setting: Nigel Forbes' study in his country house in Oxfordshire, over one week-end. The present.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

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  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
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Casting

3m, 2f
NIGEL FORBES
MAX GOODMAN
JILL PRENTICE
ANN FORBES
DETECTIVE INSPECTOR BERRY
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Authors

Dennis Spooner

Dennis Spooner

Brian Clemens

Brian Clemens

A Sting in the Tale was first presented at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on May  11, 1982. It was directed by Val May.

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