Forget music, try murder!

Members of the cast in the Gilbert and Sullivan Murder Mystery in the Pavilion Gardens. Photo contributed.
Members of the cast in the Gilbert and Sullivan Murder Mystery in the Pavilion Gardens. Photo contributed.
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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.