Newgate Productions are returning to the stage next month with their first non-Monster Hunters related work, The St. Valentine’s Day Murder.
A normal night at a speed dating event takes a macabre turn when one of the members is found dead. Just who is the killer in their midst? It’s up to Jean Pierre Le Poulet, the world’s greatest detective, to find out…
The St. Valentine's Day Murder was first produced as an audio play by the Wireless Theatre Company in 2011. The play has been re-formatted to work as stage production. Writer and director Peter Davis explained: ‘It was so much fun that I wanted to do it on the stage. It's a fun piece that starts off as a speed dating event featuring some rather strange individuals, then after a body is found it becomes a murder mystery spoof.’
So why should Monster Hunters fans come along? ‘They will see a lot in common with the Monster Hunters,’ Peter told us. ‘For example, the character that Matthew plays, the world famous detective Jean-Pierre Le Poulet, is actually quite similar to Roy Steel.’ Was that deliberate? ‘Not at all! But I think you can think of him as a past incarnation of the character.’
There will also be a few familiar faces taking part. ‘That’s right,’ Peter said. ‘A few cast members who were in the audio version and are now in the play have appeared in the Monster Hunters, including Laura Marshall (Madeleine Lockheart, Mrs. Brownlow and various other characters), Jade Allen (Doctor Ladyface) and Kevin Haney (DI Grabber, Peter Card).’
The play runs from the 14th – 16th February at the Lost Theatre, Wandsworth. For more information and tickets, please visit our page here
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