Arsenic and Old Lace

7th July - 13th July 2013

Written by Joseph Kesselring and directed by Mike Mendé.

Arsenic and Old Lace FlyerArsenic and Old Lace is a farcical black comedy revolving around Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, NY, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves. His family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and "just a pinch" of cyanide; a brother who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts' victims); and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein, to conceal his identity and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff.

 

Cast

Abby Brewster - Linda Josephs
Martha Brewster - Liz Kogan
Mortimer Brewster - Simon Casey
Teddy Brewster - Andrew Robinson
Jonathan Brewster - Huw Morgan
Dr. Einstein - Spencer Clayton
Elaine Harper - Ani Walker-Nolan
Officer O'Hara - Steve Milligan
Officer Brophy - Luke Murray
Officer Klein - Michael Reece
Lieutenant Rooney - Chris Kyriacou
The Rev. Dr. Harper - Graham Boon
Mr. Gibbs - Alan Jobson
Mr. Witherspoon - Tony Bilbow

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