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SNAKE IN THE GRASS by Alan Ayckbourn

3 September - 31 October 2020 

Well known for his hilarious comedies, this play shows Ayckbourn entering new territory for a change and doing it brilliantly. Result: a suspenseful thriller with murder, blackmail, wind chimes that mysteriously play themselves, power cuts, threatening sounds - and all spiced with Ayckbourn’s classic British humour. The play is set in an English garden with three women moving around in it. Since a real snake never appears in the garden, the question becomes: who could fit that description? Is it Annabel, who’s deceased father has left his entire fortune to her? A more likely suspect is her sister, Miriam, who has given up her life caring for Daddy and feels she has not got what she deserves. And then there's their father’s nurse, Alice, who claims she knows who murdered the old man and is prepared to reveal it to the police, unless… 

„A hilarious, dark delight.“ -- Entertainment and the Arts 

„Subtle and powerful.“ -- Guardian


Debbie Radcliffe - Annabel Chester

Jan Hirst - Miriam Chester

Joanne Hildon - Alice Moody


Direction - Robert Rumpf

Set Design - Mathias Wardeck

Costume Design - Patricia Royo

Music Supervision - Paul Glaser

Lighting & Sound Technician - Heiko Böttner

Stage Management and Props - Rebecca Delmas

Set Design Assistance - René Ahnert

Hairstyling - Birgit Wolf

London Casting - Gordon Griffin MBE

SNAKE IN THE GRASS is presented by special arrangement with Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Limited.

SNAKE IN THE GRASS was first performed at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough on the 5th of June 2002.

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