The Real Inspector Hound

by  Tom Stoppard

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  6m, 3f

Feuding theatre critics Moon and Birdboot are swept into the whodunit they are viewing.

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The Real Inspector Hound

by  Tom Stoppard

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Rave reviews greeted this long one act masterpiece of farce when it was recently revived in London with Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy.

Feuding theatre critics Moon and Birdboot, the first a fusty philanderer and the second a pompous and vindictive second stringer, are swept into the whodunit they are viewing. In the hilarious spoof of Agatha Christie-like melodramas that follows, the body under the sofa proves to be the missing first string critic. As mists rise about isolated Muldoon Manor, Moon and Birdfoot become dangerously implicated in the lethal activities of an escaped madman.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"The Real Inspector Hound is an exceedingly clever lampoon, sharply in focus..." - The New York Times, Read More

"Really funny comic gems." - Daily Mail

"What absurd fun Tom Stoppard created when he let fantasies run wild." - Evening Standard

"Witty and delicious parody of the fog bound whodunit." - Guardian

"A tour de force of theatrical metaphysics." - Daily Mail

"A masterpiece.... Stoppard mines murder mystery conventions and strikes gold." - Independent on Sunday

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: A theatre where the set is the drawing room of the Muldoon Manor.
  • Additional Features: No intermission

Casting

6m, 3f
MOON - a second string critic.
BIRDBOOT - a rival critic.
MRS. DRUDGE - housekeeper of Muldoon Manor. Character in the play Birdboot and Moon are reviewing.
SIMON - a visitor to Muldoon Manor. Character in the play Birdboot and Moon are reviewing.
FELICITY - one of Simon's lovers. Character in the play Birdboot and Moon are reviewing.
CYNTHIA - another of Simon's lovers. Character in the play Birdboot and Moon are reviewing.
MAGNUS - the crippled half-brother to Lord Muldoon. Character in the play Birdboot and Moon are reviewing.
INSPECTOR HOUND - detective inspecting a murder at Muldoon Manor. Character in the play Birdboot and Moon are reviewing. 
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Authors

Tom Stoppard

Tom Stoppard’s most recent play, The Hard Problem, opened at the National Theatre in 2015. He wrote his first play, Enter a Free Man, whilst working as a journalist in Bristol. His plays include Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead, The Real Inspector Hound, After Magritte, Jumpers, Travesties, Every Good Boy Deserves ...

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The Real Inspector Hound premiered at the Criterion Theatre in London in June 1968 under the direction of Robert Chetwyn.

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