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If you love your comedy thrillers to be both hilarious and inventive then you will be chomping at the bit at the prospect of the much-anticipated return of the award-winning New Old Friends theatre company. Following last year's sell-out smash hit, Crimes Under the Sun, New Old Friends are back with another excellent offering in the guise of Crimes on the Nile, which appears at the Lichfield Garrick theatre from Thursday 21st March to Saturday 23rd March. The play, set in 1935, sees the return of Belgian detective extraordinaire, Artemis Arinae, who is enjoying a cruise along the Nile in Egypt when tragedy strikes. All the passengers and staff are suspects as the murder count continues to grow, but will Arinae's little grey cells identify the killer in time?

Crimes on the Nile
The 'cast' of Crimes on the Nile - played by just four actors. Credit Pamela Raith Photography


A cast of just four actors performs a multitude of outrageous characters, from feuding femme fatales and amorous authors to crocked captains, as well as delivering inventive set pieces as they whisk the plot along in what promises to be a fast-paced romp. Co-artistic director Heather Westwell says: "Touring with Crimes Under The Sun was such a joyous experience, with such an incredible response from the public, that we are over the moon to be taking out another Artemis Arinae comedy thriller. This time we see our hero trapped on a riverboat with a cast of shady characters, but it features the same brand of multi-role mayhem and invention with even more ambition this time around. It should be a lot of fun."

Crimes on the Nile
Crimes on the Nile sees the return of Belgian detective Artemis Arinae


New Old Friends are an award-winning theatre company dedicated to creating original comedy theatre. They were founded in 2008 and are run by husband and wife team Feargus Woods Dunlop and Heather Westwell. Crimes on the Nile can be seen at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre from Thursday 21 March to Saturday 23 March. Tickets priced from 19 to 24 are available by visiting www.lichfieldgarrick.com or by calling the box office on 01543 412121.
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Why? A Comedy Thriller At Its Very Best
When: March 21 to 23
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Tickets priced from 19 to 24
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