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The Menlove Avenue Murder Mystery is Linford’s third play for the Court following the success of 2018’s The Miracle Of Great Homer Street and Yellow Breck Road from earlier this year.
Set in the leafy South Liverpool suburbs, this is a new comedy take on television detective shows.
The cast has been confirmed and is a mix of old friends and new faces with Paul Duckworth (Scouse Cinderella, Brick Up 2), Pauline Fleming (Canoeing For Beginners, Lucky Numbers) and Gillian Hardie (Our Day Out, Stags and Hens) being joined by Michael Peace (Being Keegan), Olivia Sloyan (Achy Breaky Bride) and Liam Tobin (Sweeney Todd).
The director of the show is Chris Mellor and it is being designed by Foxton.
Since Eddie took early retirement from Fords he’s been getting under Trish’s feet. He loves a bit of Murder She Wrote in the afternoon though. Usually followed by a Columbo and one or two of his Midsomer Murders box set. He likes to think of himself as Jessica Fletcher but with a moustache and a beer gut.
Eddie’s problem is that his life is too boring so when his next door neighbour dies he teams up with his daughter’s student criminologist boyfriend to investigate. Like Sherlock and Watson (or Shaggy and Scooby) they are determined to get to the bottom of this murder mystery, whether it exists or not…
Gerry Linford is delighted to be back at The Court: “’It’s a tremendous thrill to be working with the Royal Court again- a fantastic theatre which has been close to my heart for many years. The Menlove Avenue Murder Mystery grew from my own obsession with 70s TV detectives and a desire to tackle the theme of male mid-life crisis. The play is a fast paced, comic farce with many twists and turns to keep the audience both laughing and guessing. We’re fortunate to have a stunning cast combining Royal Court regulars and exciting newcomers. This is a play I very much enjoyed writing and I’m confident audiences are going to love it too.”
Executive Producer Kevin Fearon can’t wait for the show to start: “Gerry’s shows are always a real treat and this one is no different. Fans of murder mysteries will be intrigued by the plot but there are plenty of laughs in there too. I think all of us want to keep an eye on the neighbours and this is what happens when that goes too far!”
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