Murder play at school’s stage

This tense scene is from a murder play that was performed in January 1968.

In it a character played by Geoffrey Andrews attempts to murder Anne Langhammer in the Ivanhoe Players’ production of “Dial M For Murder,” which was shown on the Anthony Gell School stage. The actors were described by a Matlock Mercury reviewer as making “a truly professional job of the death struggle.”

The play appeared in our pages on January 13 and the review reported that the show had suffered on its last night due to snowy weather and cast members falling ill with flu.

However the small audience enjoyed the performance, with an impressive set described as thus: “Dark green walls broken by gleaming white doors and a satisfying treescape made an attractive and unusual centre panel.”

The review went on: “The play, though undoubtedly good theatre, has a very involved plot.”