Death and Deceit on the Nile

by  Peter DePietro

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 3f, 1m or f

"Superb! One of the all time best interactive murder mysteries." - Mystery Writers of America

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Death and Deceit on the Nile

by  Peter DePietro

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 3f, 1m or f
  • SubGenre


    Adventure, Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

An ancient Egyptian pharaoh’s secret tomb and treasure have been discovered. Because of its extraordinary value, the tomb has been named the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” A cast of bizarre international characters assembles to view it: a scheming professor, a voluptuous princess, a daffy housekeeper, a slick lounge lizard, an astute writer, and a dealer in exotic antiques. Suddenly, gunshots ring out! The archeological wonder becomes the focus of murder. Heated interrogations, shocking revelations, and hilarious banter eventually give way to the dramatic realization of whodunit. When the killer is caught, the ancient gods of Egypt can rest easily…or can they?

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"Superb! One of the all time best interactive murder mysteries." - Mystery Writers of America

"A wonderfully grand evening of mystery, comedy, and intrigue." - The Straits Times

"Irresistible, tantalizing mirthful mayhem." - The Post-Star


Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.



  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


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


4m, 3f, 1m or f
PROFESSOR DILLON DOBSON, PHD. - Internationally renowned archaeologist and expert on Egyptian history. He has invited the guests to cruise down the Nile to view his newest discovery - a treasure of immense bounty which he describes as the "Eighth Wonder fo the World." 45-60 years old.
PERSON IN TRENCH COAT - clothed in a trench coat, black fedora, and a ski mask. S/he mysteriously lurks about.
BENJAMIN PETERS - astute writer who is writing  a book on the recent discovery of artifacts in the Middle East and Egypt. Intelligent, dapper and authoritative. 35-40 years old.
PRINCESS TARA OF MUNCHOVNIA - Elegant princess of a small Eastern European country. A jet-setter, who dresses to the nines, boasts of the largest collection of jewels in Europe and wants the professor's find to add to her collection. 30 years old.
JOE AL-ABDUL DIMICI - part Italian, part Egyptian and 100% greedy. A successful entrepreneur who is currently courting Princess Tara. A former lounge singer. 35-40 years old.
ESMERELDA WHITE - loveable, annoying, funny and daffy housekeeper to the professor. She is of English cockney heritage and has a strong accent. 40-50 years old.
ZELDA LAVISH - a strangely glamorous and exotic woman who claims to be a world-famous art dealer and a dear friend of James Bond. She is desperate to get her hands on the professor's find. Played by a man in a dress. 30-35 years.
MICHAEL PETERS - Benjamin's twin brother. A hard-nosed detective. More outgoing, less intellectual than his brother. 35-40 years old.
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

Casting Notes

MICHAEL and BENJAMIN are portrayed by the same actor. ZELDA LAVISH and PERSON IN TRENCH COAT are portrayed by the same actress.



Peter DePietro

Peter DePietro

Death and Deceit on the Nile was first presented in 1992 aboard chartered cruises on the Nile River in Egypt, from Luxor to Aswan.

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