Elderly sisters hide a murderous secret

Arsenic And Old Lace
Arsenic And Old Lace

A classic tale of two elderly sisters whose kindly help for lost souls turns into a killing spree will be staged by Northampton’s Masque Theatre next week.

Arsenic And Old Lace, by Joseph Kesselring, is the story of two women who are always on the lookout to help others, but often decide to murder these poor old gentlemen, believing it’s for their own good.

Stashing their bodies in the cellar, it can only be a matter of time until this unhealthy obsession is discovered.

This farcical black comedy follows Mortimer (played by Matthew Fell), a drama critic with a very unusual family.

Mortimer’s spinster aunties, Abby Brewster (played by Patricia Coleman) and Martha Brewster (a role taken on by Mindy Robinson) have become serial murderers, poisoning their lodgers with home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine and cyanide.

The plot thickens as Mortimer’s brothers are introduced into the story. Teddy believes he is Theodore Roosevelt, while Jonathan is escaping from the police on murder charges and has set his sights on murdering Mortimer. A spokeswoman said: “Helped along by a cast of misfits (and the criminally insane), Arsenic And Old Lace is a fast-paced vintage comedy with a killer punchline.”

The play will run from Tuesday, February 18 until Saturday, February 22, nightly at 7.30pm, at The Playhouse Theatre in Clare Street, Northampton.

Tickets cost £8 or £7 for concessions/students.

To book or for more info, log on to www.masquetheatre.co.uk or call the ticket line on 07586288793.