Crimes on Centre Court - Lichfield Garrick

Crimes on Centre Court - Lichfield Garrick

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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 www.newoldfriends.co.uk and book your tickets at https://www.lichfieldgarrick.com/whats-on/all-shows/crimes-on-centre-court/3165

LISTINGS
07 – 09 Sep MAST, Southampton www.mayflowerstudios.org.uk
12 – 13 Sep Greenwich Theatre www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk
14 Sep Didcot Cornerstone www.cornerstone-arts.org
15 Sep South Mill Arts, Bishop Stortford www.southmillarts.co.uk
16 Sep New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth www.newtheatreroyal.com
20 Sep Theatre Royal Wakefield www.theatreroyalwakefield.co.uk
21 Sep Middlesbrough Theatre www.middlesbroughtheatre.co.uk
22 – 23 Sep Theatre Royal Dumfries www.theatreroyaldumfries.co.uk
26 Sep Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds www.theatreroyal.org
28 Sep Riverfront, Newport www.newportlive.co.uk/en/venues/riverfront/
29 – 30 Sep Malvern Festival Theatre Forum www.malvern-theatres.co.uk/venue/forum-theatre/
04 – 05 Oct Northampton Royal & Derngate www.royalandderngate.co.uk
06 – 07 Oct Oxford Playhouse www.oxfordplayhouse.com
10 – 11 Oct New Wolsey Ipswich www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
12 – 13 Oct The Lights, Andover www.thelights.org.uk
17 – 18 Oct Albany Theatre, Coventry www.albanytheatre.co.uk
19 -20 Oct Lichfield Garrick www.lichfieldgarrick.com
24 – 25 Oct Devonshire Park, Eastbourne www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk
27 – 28 Oct Key Theatre, Peterborough www.keytheatre-peterborough.com
31 Oct Roses, Tewkesbury www.rosestheatre.org
01 – 02 Nov Corby Cube www.thecorecorby.com
03 – 04 Nov Buxton Pavilion www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk
10-11 Nov York Theatre Royal www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

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