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Dark deeds on light nights in Eastbourne this summer

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If you think that thrillers are really only for the winter, Eastbourne's Devonshire Park Theatre has other ideas. A new Murder in the Park season is promised for 4 through to 29 June, with a taster thrown in during the week 21 to 25 May. This is Richard Harris' Dead Guilty with Anna Brecon and Jenny Funnell in the cast. As with all the other productions in the series, this is from the aptly named talking Scarlet company.

Brian Clemens' Murder Weapon is a world première, something of a feather in the production company's cap. One of the main characters is a woman chief constable who finds herself and a colleague investigating what at first sight appears to be the murder of a friend's husband by an ex-convict. Marcus Hutton, Ben Roddy and Philip Stewart are in the frame. It is on between 4 and 8 June.

Suddenly at Home is an old Francis Durbridge favourite. A husband wants to be shot of his wealthy wife and works out what he fondly imagines to be a foolproof murder with an unshakeable alibi for himself and a bonus in the apparent implication of his wife's former lover. But, as the saying has it, the best laid plan of mice and men... To find out more, you'll have to wait until 11 to 15 June when Lara Lemon, Marcus Hutton and Patric Kearns reveal all.

Tuesday 18 to Saturday 22 June is the slot for Ira Levin's Deathtrap. This is the one about a successful playwright who tries to take possession of a work by a new and unknown writer. But the carefully-laid plan doesn't quite work out as intended. Stephen Beckett, John Hester and Griffin Stevens are in the cast. Role playing takes on quite a different meaning as the play progresses.

The playwriting theme continues with the last production of the season. It concerns an out-of-work actor with perhaps more superficial charm than hard-honed talent and a crippled former dancer now confined to a wheelchair who has a theatre obsession and has written a play which she wants read through. They are the main characters in Dead Certain by Marcus Ward between 25 and 29 June.

All five productions have tour dates scheduled for other theatres in the region between now and the end of July.


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