Murder Among Friends

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Murder Among Friends: A Play in Two Acts was written by Bob Barry (died 2011). Full Length Play, Comedy. 4m, 2f.

Angela, the wife and Ted, the agent, are lovers and plan to murder Palmer, the actor, during a contrived robbery on New Year's Eve. But actor and agent are also lovers and have an identical plan to do in the wife. A murder occurs, but not one of the planned ones.

The original text

Published by Samuel Franch, 1976. ISBN: 9780573612817

First performed at the Biltmore Theatre, New York City, on 28 November 1975.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1977: Presented by the Arts Theatre Club at the Guild Theatre, with Moira Lister in the cast (October)

1977: Directed by Roger Redfarn for Pieter Toerien at the Baxter Theatre, 1977. Cast: Moira Lister, Barry Stokes, Nigel Davenport, Paddy Canavan, Norman Coombes, Lindsay Reardon. This production was also presented at His Majesty's Theatre in the same year.

1993: Directed by Murray McGibbon for NAPAC opening at the Natal Playhouse on 26 November 1993 starring Erica Rogers, Mark Mulder, John Whiteley, Pamela Perry, Roger Dwyer and André Jacobs. Costume design by Neil Stuart-Harris, set design by Gary van der Merwe. Stage manager Tracy Willan.


Source: Barrow, Brian & Williams-Short, Yvonne (eds.). 1988. Theatre Alive! The Baxter Story 1977-1987..

Murder Among Friends theatre programme, 1993.

Samuel French [1].

Arts Theatre Club archive held by George Mountjoy.

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