Madcap tale is still going strong

Arsenic and Old Lace
Arsenic and Old Lace

THE classic black comedy Arsenic and Old Lace comes to Derby’s Guildhall Theatre from February 24-26.

Derbyshire-based theatre company Attic Rats are excited to be performing the great play. This is to tie in with the celebration of 70 years since the play’s first performance.

This is a madcap, hilarious black comedy that revolves around a New York drama critic who struggles with his sweet but murderous elderly aunts, his insane brother Teddy (who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt), his violent brother Jonathan and suspicious assistant Dr Einstein, as well as his new fiancée Elaine. The audience will be treated to such classic lines as ‘Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops!”

Attic Rats brings the best of local theatre with some very well-known local names appearing including James Fearn, Trish Church and Marjorie Howarth. Co-director Jonathan Leach said of the forthcoming production: “Arsenic and Old Lace has been making audiences chuckle for over 70 years, but the play never seems to lose any of its humour or satire and maintains its exciting but macabre take on the subject of murder. Audiences are in for a real treat and a night out that will leave them laughing.”

Tickets are priced at £8 and £6, available from Derby LIVE on 01332 255800, or from the Derby LIVE Box Office in the Market Place, Derby.