The 2019/20 season at The Playhouse Theatre Northampton

will be the following plays and dates:

BLITHE SPIRIT by Noel Coward: 10 to 14 December 2019

Comedy  /  2m, 5f – The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati. DIRECTOR: Juliet O’Connor

WET HOUSE by Paddy Campbell: 4 to 8 February 2020

Comedy drama /  4m, 2f – When Andy, an idealistic young graduate, gets a job in a wet house, a homeless hostel where residents can drink alcohol, he is plunged into a twilight world where the rules about what is right and what is normal have become a little blurred. And that’s just among the other staff. DIRECTOR: Esther Poulus


WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION by Agatha Christie: 31 March to 4 April 2020

Drama  /  9m, 4f – Leonard Vole stands accused of murdering a rich widow. The stakes are high with shocking witness testimony, impassioned outbursts from the dock and a young man’s fight to escape the hangman’s noose. Generally regarded as one of Christie’s most accomplished plays, this suspenseful thriller keeps audiences guessing until the very end. DIRECTOR: Emma Robson

SECONDARY CAUSE OF DEATH by Peter Gordon: 7 to 11 July 2020

Comedy / 3m 6f – From the author of Murdered to Death comes the eagerly-anticipated sequel. It’s now 1939, and storm clouds are gathering over Europe. Having inherited Bagshot House, Colonel Charles Craddock has converted the property into a hotel for the discerning visitor. Soon Inspector Pratt arrives once again at Bagshot House, bearing grim news for the Colonel. But that’s just the beginning – Who is the strange Polish Count? Is Henrietta really an army captain? And where does the flamboyant thespian Cardew Longfellow fit into the picture? When Joan Maple’s sister Cynthia arrives to stage a murder mystery evening, it’s not long before Pratt’s visit turns into a chaotic nightmare as the bodies pile higher than ever! DIRECTOR: Rebecca Mackenzie

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