Crimes on Centre Court - Lichfield Garrick

Crimes on Centre Court - Lichfield Garrick


Posted 2023-06-08 by Tony Collinsfollow

Thu 07 Sep 2023 - Sat 11 Nov 2023

With the tennis Grand Slam season well underway, including the current French Open in Paris, what better time than to unveil the latest theatrical offering from the outstanding and award-winning New Old Friends . The production company, in association with MAST Mayflower Studios, has announced their UK tour of hilarious tennis-based murder mystery Crimes on Centre Court. The fast-moving comedy opens at MAST Mayflower Studios on September 4 before continuing through until November, including a run at the Lichfield Garrick theatre in Staffordshire from Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st October.

Crimes on Centre Court is based on a story from the award-winning podcast Comedy Whodunnits for your ears?, which reached # 2 in the iTunes fiction chart. Audiences can expect mirth, murder and mayhem - with a smattering of tennis on the side - in this 'deucey' treat for fans of comedy theatre, and tennis, alike.

A whole load of characters is played by just four actors. Credit Pamela Raith Photography

When Lord Knows the chair of The Whombledun International Invitational Tennis Tournament, dies his son , Hugh, is suspicious. The police won’t take the case, so Hugh calls in private investigators Perry & Penny Pink, to get to the bottom of things. What follows has all the hallmarks of New Old Friends’ popular brand of hilarity, as a cast of four performers play countless characters with quick-fire changes and quicker wits, in a story that will 'rally' your spirits and leave theatre-goers wanting a 'second serve-ing' of the 'volley' of gags and visual delights.

New Old Friends is a touring theatre company whose primary goal it is to make people laugh out loud. Born from the podcast, the production team has relished the seemingly insurmountable challenge of bringing an audio play to the stage and making it, well surmountable! The show draws on many reference points; from 1980s sports movies to ballet and Japanese game shows, and any other pieces of theatre which inspires them.

Mirth and mayhem, with a bit of tennis thrown in. Credit Pamela Raith Photography

Crimes on Centre Court is written and directed by Feargus Woods Dunlop who said: “This show was such fun to create, magpie’ing all of the elements we love in theatre and popular culture together to create something which feels really ‘New Old Friends!’. We believe in giving people a couple of hours of escapism, to just sit and laugh with strangers, which we think is every bit as profound as more obviously worthy shows.

"The response from our audience when we toured last year was overwhelming, so we’re thrilled to be out again sharing all the nonsense of barber-shop singing hedges, ridiculous murders, a character who we never see more than the top of their head, and even some actual tennis on stage.”

Crimes on Centre Court visits Lichfield as part of UK tour. Credit Pamela Raith Photography

For tour details and more information visit and book your tickets at

07 – 09 Sep MAST, Southampton
12 – 13 Sep Greenwich Theatre
14 Sep Didcot Cornerstone
15 Sep South Mill Arts, Bishop Stortford
16 Sep New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
20 Sep Theatre Royal Wakefield
21 Sep Middlesbrough Theatre
22 – 23 Sep Theatre Royal Dumfries
26 Sep Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
28 Sep Riverfront, Newport
29 – 30 Sep Malvern Festival Theatre Forum
04 – 05 Oct Northampton Royal & Derngate
06 – 07 Oct Oxford Playhouse
10 – 11 Oct New Wolsey Ipswich
12 – 13 Oct The Lights, Andover
17 – 18 Oct Albany Theatre, Coventry
19 -20 Oct Lichfield Garrick
24 – 25 Oct Devonshire Park, Eastbourne
27 – 28 Oct Key Theatre, Peterborough
31 Oct Roses, Tewkesbury
01 – 02 Nov Corby Cube
03 – 04 Nov Buxton Pavilion
10-11 Nov York Theatre Royal


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