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Arsenic and Old Lace

By Joseph Kesselring.

It is a peaceful backwater of Brooklyn, USA “some time ago”. Here live two elderly spinsters who, on the face of it, appear to help everyone and who are loved by all. But they have a little secret that they believe benefits lonely, elderly gentlemen. It is, however, homicidal – although done in the nicest possible way. They are ably assisted by nephew Teddy, who believes he is President Theodore Roosevelt.

Peace reigns until Mortimer comes across the remains of one the unfortunate gentlemen concerned, and believes it to be Teddy’s work.

At the same time a further nephew, the murderous Jonathan, arrives with a friend and a new face. From here farcical chaos takes over and, as one critic said, it is “Fun on a grand scale … rattling entertainment”.

Check out the Hastings Observer’s fantastic video preview, including interviews with the cast.

A Stables production directed by Leslie Adams.


Abby Brewster – Josie Body
Martha Brewster – Gill Jenks
Teddy Brewster – Simon Colley
Rev’d Dr. Harper – Roland Garrad
Officer Brophy – Simon Booth
Elaine Harper – Aisling Edie
Mortimer Brewster – Carey Poole
Jonathan Brewster – Ian Saxton
Dr. Einstein – Simon Phelps
Officer O’Hara – Dan Palmer
Lieutenant Rooney – Andrew Turner
Mr. Witherspoon – Ian Morson

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