Powell & Goddard Commit to UK Murder TourDate: 26 July 2001
Robert Powell and Liza Goddard will head the cast on a 17 venue UK tour of Edward Taylor's thriller Murder by Misadventure. The production opens at Swansea Grand Theatre on 22 August 2001 and is directed by Ian Dickens.
Taylor's drama concerns two successful writers, whose partnership dissolves amid recriminations and threats. One of the duo plots to blackmail the other, who in turn conspires to have his former colleague murdered. However, complications ensue when the perceptive Inspector Egan becomes involved in the matter.
Whilst studying at Manchester University, Robert Powell's acting career began to flourish. On turning professional, he appeared in repertory seasons in Stoke, Scarborough and Bolton. His numerous stage credits include Pirates (Royal Court Theatre), Stoppard's Travesties for the RSC and Tovarich (Chichester and West End). He rose to international recognition via Franco Zeffirelli's epic television drama Jesus of Nazareth, in which he played the adult Christ. His film career has incorporated Mahler, The Thirty-Nine Steps and Tommy.
Actress Liza Goddard is Powell's wife and has become well established as a TV presenter. Her theatre career has taken in The Importance of Being Earnest (Richmond) and Sir Peter Hall's acclaimed version of An Ideal Husband. Goddard's television roles have included screen adaptations of Ray Cooney's Wife Begins at Forty and Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere's Fan.
Director Ian Dickens has produced a number of touring productions in recent years, including Abigail's Party, Deathtrap, Dangerous Obsession and A Murder Is Announced. Following its opening in Swansea, Murder by Misadventure moves on to Brighton, Stoke, Jersey, Woking, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Billingham, Peterborough, Coventry, Salford, Blackpool, Derry, Milton Keynes, Poole, Richmond and a final December venue to be announced.
- by Gareth Thompson