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Dinner and a murder with Theatre 17

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

By Chris Marchand

Theatre 17 is whipping up an old fashioned ‘who-dunnit’ for their spring offering, staging four performances of A Murder Is Announced: A Miss Marple Mystery based on a book by Agatha Christie, April 25-28 at The Centre.

On Wednesday April 25 and Thursday April 26, the event will be a standalone show. Friday (27th) and Saturday’s (28th) show will feature a roast beef dinner, catered by Nancy Ross, at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) with the show to start at 7 p.m. There will be limited seating and reduced ticket prices for show goers who wish to come for the show only on Friday or Saturday.

Director Judith Hamilton says “It’s a historical setting, right after the Second World War,” said Hamilton. “The sleuth is an elderly woman, probably in her mid-80s, who looks quite fragile and fluffy but is in fact quite sharp with a great knowledge of human nature. She’s quite able to deceive people into thinking she’s a brainless old lady.”

The plot begins with an announcement in the local newspaper that a murder will occur at a local residence at a specific time and date. The victim is not one of the house’s several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution at some risk to herself in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain. 

“It’s quite funny in places, it’s tense, it’s a bit of a time warp,” said Hamilton. “I think people will enjoy trying to figure out ‘who dunnit’. It’s not really very obvious. You’ll choose five people before you realize you have the right person.”

Tickets available online at, at The Centre or via phone 807 223 5553 ext. 2443.

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