Bodies in the cellar at Downham

From left to right, Kenny Entwistle, Gerry Purchase, Bob Cleeve, Chris Bowers, Erica Mileham, Steve Cooke, Robin Knipe, Tom Garner and Tim Martin. Seated Glen Purchase and Helen Coles.
From left to right, Kenny Entwistle, Gerry Purchase, Bob Cleeve, Chris Bowers, Erica Mileham, Steve Cooke, Robin Knipe, Tom Garner and Tim Martin. Seated Glen Purchase and Helen Coles.
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Stage Two Downham has selected Arsenic and Old Lace as its autumn production.

This 1941 play is perhaps best known through the Cary Grant film of 1944 and could be called one of the first “black” comedies.

Abby and Martha Brewster are two sweet, gentle, old ladies who are well-known in Brooklyn for their generosity and charitable works. Their nephew, Mortimer, however, discovers they have a somewhat original idea of what charity should involve! His efforts to keep his aunts out of trouble without involving his fiancée, Elaine, cause him much stress, but afford the audience countless funny moments. Add to this a brother who thinks he is Theodore Roosevelt and a second long-lost brother, who has had his face changed to look like Boris Karloff and you have all the elements of a great evening’s entertainment.

A strong cast has been assembled and the production runs from November 23rd to 26th at Downham Village Hall. Tickets cost £7 and are available by calling the ticket hotline on 07845926295 or from the Tourist Information Office. The Assheton Arms are also offering their popular meal deal – £22 buys a ticket for the production, a two-course meal and a drink. For the meal deal phone the Assheton Arms direct on 01200 441227. Tickets will be provided after the meal.

From left to right, Kenny Entwistle, Gerry Purchase, Bob Cleeve, Chris Bowers, Erica Mileham, Steve Cooke, Robin Knipe, Tom Garner and Tim Martin. Seated Glen Purchase and Helen Coles.