New Insp Morse whodunnit at Wells-Next-the-Sea

Nigel Fairs photo by John Godwin 'House of Ghosts ANL-151102-112214001
Nigel Fairs photo by John Godwin 'House of Ghosts ANL-151102-112214001
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Fans of Inspector Morse have a treat in store with a whodunnit being staged at the Granary Theatre, Wells-Next-the-Sea.

House of Ghosts, by Alma Cullen, is a mystery inspired by the original novels of Colin Dexter – and is the only Insp Morse play written for the stage.

Directed by Adam Morley, produced by Claire Bibby and sponsored by Clarian Ltd, this stage-within-a-stage whodunnit by the Baroque Theatre Company is touring the country and stopping off at the Granary Theatre for two nights, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 7-8 at 7.30pm.

With an intriguing incarnation of the unassuming, stoically-reserved, often grumpy Inspector Morse, House of Ghosts takes its cue firmly from theatrical history.

The play opens with a performance from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and when a young professional actress playing Ophelia dies suddenly mid-performance Insp Morse is immediately on the scene, having been in the audience.

The stage is cordoned off, and becomes a fully-fledged murder scene. The plot delves deep into Morse’s student-life in Oxford, re-uniting him with ghosts from his past, giving the audience an insight into the events which shaped the inspector’s later life.

Cast in the title role is Nigel Fairs who has appeared in the West End production of The Mousetrap.

House of Ghosts’ large number of characters will be played by Paul Cleveland, Lawrence Ward, Andrew Nance, Ian Archdeacon, Claire Bibby, Helen Fullerton and Sarah Gain.

Claire Bibby, the producer, says: “This production is set in the 1980s. Morse is in his late forties and is still developing his persona and traits at this stage of his life.

“Morse in the play presents a bridge between the characters in the new TV series of Endeavour and the long established Morse series with the late John Thaw that people know so well.”

Tickets are £10, £9 (concs) call the box office on 01328 710193 or visit www.wellsmaltings.org.uk