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Expect More Laughs in New Instalment Of Insp Pratt Trilogy
A host of television stars are stepping away from the small screen and on to the stage as they embark on the world premiere of the fourth instalment of the Inspector Pratt trilogy created by playwright Peter Gordon. Dong Ding Murder Me on High! is intended as a prequel to the other three plays - Murdered to Death, Secondary Cause of Death, and Death by Fatal Murder - when Pratt was still a sergeant.

Dong Ding Murder Me On High, Jeffrey Holland
Former Hi-de-Hi! actor Jeffery Holland stars in new comedy play. Photo Sean Dillow

As the name suggests, Dong Ding Murder Me On High! is set during Christmas time and sees our police hero Pratt attempting to discover why the daughter of Sir Walton Gates has nearly been 'sleighed' to death. And to help make sense of the spoof Agatha Christie-style whodunit is a stellar cast headed by actor Jeffrey Holland who starred as holiday camp comedian Spike Dixon in long-running BBC comedy series Hi-de-Hi!. Jeffrey will be joined on stage by other TV favourites, Mark Little from Aussie soap Neighbours, Anna Brecon (Emmerdale), Natasha Gray (Emmerdale) and David Callister (The Bill).

Dong Ding Murder Me On High, Mark Little
Former Neighbours soap star Mark Little with Ferret. Photo Sean Dillow

Dong Ding Murder Me On High!, which appears at the Lichfield Garrick theatre on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 March, is brought to the stage by touring company Talking Scarlet, which was founded in 2001 and has since gone on to produce or collaborate in productions at theatres throughout the country as well as tour internationally. It is now a fully independent limited company run by Patrick Kearns and Jane Shakespeare. The original Inspector Pratt trilogy have collectively had more than a thousand professional and amateur tours/productions in the UK and overseas, including USA, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Apart from the three spoof detective stories, Peter Gordon has also created a number of other comedies including Third Week in August and Out of Focus.

Dong Ding Murder Me On High
Strange things going on in new Pratt story

Jeffrey Holland, who had appeared in various television shows, including several episodes of Crossroads, before his big break with Hi-de-Hi!, went on to feature in Russ Abbot's Madhouse. He also teamed up again with his Hi-de-Hi! co-stars Paul Shane and Su Pollard in similar sitcom roles in You Rang, M'Lord? and Oh, Doctor Beeching! Mark Little is best known for his portrayal of Joe Mangel in Neighbours where for three years he portrayed one of Ramsay Street's best loved and most comedic characters.

Dong Ding Murder Me on High is playing at the Lichfield Garrick on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 March at 7.30pm. Tickets cost 19.50 and 17.50 (students) and can be booked online or by calling box office on 01543 412121.
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Why? Follow The Clues In New Spoof Whodunnit
When: 17 - 18 March 2017
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: 19.50 adults, 17.50 students
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