Devious murder mystery in Guildford from the queen of crime

Rehearsal For Murder. Picture by Mark Yeoman
Rehearsal For Murder. Picture by Mark Yeoman

Robert Daws and Amy Robbins lead an all-star cast in the classic thriller Rehearsal for Murder, which comes to Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre from Monday to Saturday, April 11-16.

Playwright Alex Dennison is left heartbroken when his fiancée and leading lady Monica Welles is found dead from an apparent suicide after the opening night of her stage debut.

On the anniversary of that ill-fated night, Alex assembles the same cast and crew in the same theatre, for a reading of his new play.

But as the reading progresses, the play’s similarity to actual events becomes increasingly uncomfortable for the participants and it soon becomes clear that Alex believes Monica was murdered and his new play is a devious cat-and-mouse chase to uncover her killer…

The Agatha Christie Theatre Company sold more than two million tickets and continually played to packed houses in Guildford and across the UK.

Now, following this phenomenal decade-long success, producer Bill Kenwright presents a thrilling new chapter with Rehearsal for Murder.

The murder mystery comes from the pen of the award-winning writing team Richard Levinson and William Link, the creators of the mystery series Murder, She Wrote and the award-winning detective series Columbo.

The production stars Robert Daws (Poldark, The Royal, Outside Edge, Roger Roger) and his wife and co-star from The Royal, Amy Robbins (Casualty, Blood Brothers).

Appearing alongside them are three of the most popular members of the Agatha Christie Theatre Company: Susan Penhaligon (Bouquet of Barbed Wire, A Fine Romance), Robert Duncan (Drop The Dead Donkey, Go Back For Murder) and Ben Nealon (Soldier Soldier, Black Coffee).

Joining them are Steven Pinder (Brookside) and Lucy Dixon (Waterloo Road, Hollyoaks), directed by Roy Marsden.

Tickets for the show cost £23-£34.50.

Call the box office on 01483 440000 or visit the website.

Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, under the directorship of James Barber, offers an eclectic mix of classical and contemporary work.

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