SUSPICIONS will be running high at a Gilbert and Sullivan-themed Murder Mystery evening in Buxton.
To celebrate the 19th International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival, The Hydro Bar and Tea Rooms in Spring Gardens is to hold a Murder Mystery Dinner on Friday August 17.
Featuring a cast in full Victorian costume, ‘A Thoroughly Modern Murderer’ takes up the story of the famous libretto writing duo at a point in their history when they were arguing and about to dissolve their partnership. It’s the same story that Mike Leigh’s Oscar-winning film ‘Topsy Turvy’ covers.
In real life, they went on to write ‘The Mikado’ and enjoyed continued success. But Manchester-based theatre company To Die For Entertainment have employed some artistic licence, and their story takes a more sinister twist.
Creative Director Rob Ireland said: “I know Dave Samuels (proprietor of the Hydro) from my acting class, so when I was forming the company, he invited me to collaborate at the Hydro.
“He had an opening during the G&S festival, so I kicked around a few related ideas and came up with the script.
“It’s going to be a great evening, and Dave has even agreed to be part of the cast, but I’m not going to say whether he’s the victim or a suspect!”
Tickets, priced £22 and including a three-course meal, are available from the Hydro on 01298 79065 or at www.skiddle.com.