A novel whodunit takes to the stage of the Devonshire Park Theatre, 14-16 November, based on the thrilling classics by E W Hornung, as Raffles; The Mystery of the Murdered Thief tests the audience’s detective capabilities.
Gentleman thief Arthur J.Raffles began life in a collection of Victorian period short stories, around the time the world had just been introduced to Sherlock Holmes who was created by EW Hornung’s brother in law Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
This new play fuses 4 of those tales to create an original story with all the classic Raffles elements – murder, mistaken identity, jewel theft and more.
Harry “Bunny” Manders is convinced that his erstwhile partner in crime, the gentleman cracksman A J Raffles, drowned while escaping a daring theft aboard a transatlantic liner. But a chance reply to a newspaper advertisement reveals an entirely different scenario, and at once Bunny is embroiled again in his old life of burglary, mayhem, adventure and murder!
Raffle’s assistant ‘Bunny’ is played by the exuberant Ian Sharrock (10 years as Jackie Merrick in Emmerdale). Bunny is narrator, accomplice and side-kick in both Raffle’s gentlemanly duties by day and his daring nocturnal adventures.
Test your detective skills with Raffles; The Mystery of the Murdered Thief at the Devonshire Park Theatre from 14 – 16 November. Tickets £15.50 - £20. Under 25s £10, Under 16s and students £9. Book online at eastbournetheatres.co.uk or call Box Office on 01323 412000.