Newcomers debut in Christie’s ‘jolly thriller’

Pictured are, from the left, Mick Stevens, Sheila Hansford and Gill Leatherbarrow
Pictured are, from the left, Mick Stevens, Sheila Hansford and Gill Leatherbarrow

HEBDEN Bridge Little Theatre’s spring production, Agatha Christie’s ‘Spider’s Web’. opens at an English house party.

As in a nightmare hostess Clarissa, the wife of a foreign office diplomat, discovers a body in her drawing room just before her husband comes home with an important guest in tow.

Fearing a scandal she enlists the help of her guests as she desperately tries to hide the body and find a motive and the murderer. She spins an intricate web of lies as she attempts to protect her family, even trying to convince a police inspector, who arrives from nowhere, that there has been no murder at all.

Described as a “jolly thriller” this is one of Christie’s lighter works with plenty of larger than life characters, priest holes, secret drawers, invisible writing and red herrings galore.

There are several newcomers in the cast – Jill Leatherbarrow takes the lead as Clarissa, Nick Turner the inspector, Mick Stevens the villain and Sheila Hansford the boisterous gardener. Emily Hought progresses from the youth group to take her first role with the company as Clarissa’s step-daughter. Other parts are played by John Sunderland, Mark Hill, Andy Carter, Bob Hannam, Wendy Mertens and Phil Vaughan.

The show runs from April 16 to 21 and tickets are available at Innovation or on 01422 843907