Being a detective and general murder mystery fan, I snapped up the opportunity recently to see A Murder is Announced, a Miss Marple Play, at the Sydney Theater.

The show started at 8pm, so first off we went to the Hyde park Night Noddle Market which is on as part of Good Food Month. There were about 40-50 stalls selling a whole wide range of different Asian foods, and lots of lanterns and cool lights. We started with duck pancakes which are my favourite. Unfortunately I was disappointed by $5 for one piece of duck in a pancake which was roasted breast and not even crispy – boo! Things improved with 8 Dim Sum to share and a selection of mains – crispy squid, salt and pepper prawns and BBQ pork. We went for pudding too – mini pancakes with strawberries and chocolate sauce – not terribly Asian by very tasty. On a weekday it was full with hardly any seats, so I imagine it would be hectic on a weekend.

Then it was off to the theatre. After a quick beverage in the theatre bar and some excitement over the combined Dyson tap and hand-drier in the ladies, it was time for the show. We had second row seats AND nobody say in front of us, so the view was excellent!

The story is about a murder being announced in the personal section of the local village newspaper, and the events that follow (including more than one murder). The set and the acting was soooo British, including the location in the small village of Chipping Cleghorn.

I loved it, although Matt found the play had a few too many elderly female characters for his liking. There was overly floral furniture, Royal Daulton, wing backed chairs, china tea sets, a tea trolley and cucumber sandwiches! 🙂 There were a lot of plot twists, especially at the end – certainly hard to guess whodunnit.

Who or what is your favourite detective or show? (I’m torn between Poirot and Midsomer Murder. Probably own we are here the total Britishness of Midsomer swings it!)

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