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Dame Agatha's Greatest Case

    by Robert Sheppard



Synopsis

Comedy Play Script: 'Dame Agatha's Greatest Case' by Robert Sheppard

A spoof murder mystery with nine optional songs set to Gilbert and Sullivan tunes but with new lyrics.

Sir Redvers and Lady Bertha Brandling are planning to host a jolly weekend at their country house, Brandling Hall. Among the guests are a Cabinet minister and his wife, a Hollywood starlet, a well-known playboy and an old school-friend of Lady Bertha’s, Dame Agatha Crustie, a famous amateur detective, who is accompanied by her travelling companion.

Also making an appearance are a notorious criminal, with his henchman, and the Brandlings’ charlady, who has a penchant for mis-quoting Shakespeare. Sir Redvers’s alliterative butler and three flighty maids are tasked with making the guests as comfortable as possible. As the party assembles, a web of tangled relationships is revealed and the atmosphere becomes increasingly fraught, culminating in the murder of one of the guests.

The police are immediately called and it is not long before the celebrated Inspector Corner of Scotland Yard arrives to try to unravel the mystery, aided by a bumbling member of the local constabulary. Corner and Dame Agatha are soon at loggerheads in trying to sort through a plethora of red herrings and people pretending to be someone else as the Brandlings desperately try to retrieve some order from the wreckage of their jolly weekend. In the climactic final scene, the professional and amateur detectives present their respective solutions and the case is solved.


Characters

(8m, 9f)

  • Cora, the chamber maid
  • Dora, the parlour maid
  • Nora, the scullery maid
  • Gilbert, the butler
  • Lady Bertha Brandling
  • Sir Redvers Brandling
  • Tarquin Pennington-Shaw, a philandering playboy
  • Rt Hon Humphrey Yewtern, MP, a cabinet minister
  • Mrs Penelope Yewtern, his wife
  • Myrna Lerner, a Hollywood starlet
  • Dame Agatha Crustie, cantankerous Queen of Sleuths
  • Miss Sullivan, her travelling companion
  • Ronnie Bigg, a gangster
  • Barry the Hatchet, his henchman
  • Elsie Nore, a charlady
  • Inspector Corner, of Scotland Yard
  • PC Friendly, of the local constabulary


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