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New Season of Evening Events at Museum of the Gorge

New Season of Evening Events at Museum of the Gorge Professional Production Company to Perform Murder Mystery Play during August and September

Fans of ‘Who Done It’ plays will be pleased to hear that the Museum of The Gorge in Ironbridge is staging its first ever series of evening events with a performance of Inspector Drake and the Black Widow performed by Sundial Theatre, a professional production company.

All are invited to come and enjoy the light hearted production in a unique riverside theatre setting in the heart of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site. Performances will be held on 13th, 14th, 21st and 28th August and 4th and 11th September.

Written by Shropshire author, David Tristram, and directed by Roma Miller, Inspector Drake and the Black Widow begins when oil tycoon John Johnson is found with a huge sword in his back.  Things in Drake's world are never as they seem.  Why was Johnson badly disguised as his own wife?  Why had he eaten a tortoise?  And why do all the women in the house look similar?

For once, Sergeant Plod thinks he knows all the answers.  And so he should. After all, he's relating the events through a series of flashbacks, so he knows how it all ends.  But if Plod is right, the legendary Inspector Drake is about to make a terrible mistake.

And there's something even more disturbing.  The trusty Sergeant has been troubled by a recurring nightmare. It's a nightmare involving spiders, and the image of a man, lying dead.  That man is Inspector Drake.  Is this just another confusing flashback?  Or the horrible truth of Drake's final destiny?  After all, when the Black Widow lays her deadly trap, it's just a matter of time.

Actors include Keith Minshull, whose career on the stage spans more than 30 years and includes performances in London’s West End, and Gill Jordan, who formed Sundial Theatre in 1996. She graduated from Birmingham School of Speech and Drama before playing in Victorian Music Hall at the Edinburgh Festival; Gill later worked in Theatre in Education and then moved into First Person Interpretation through the Tetley Brewery Museum at Leeds. Actor, singer and musician Guy Rowland will also be appearing in the play. He has had the honour of playing at a dinner in honour of Dam Ninette De Valois (founder of Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet) and made numerous appearances on BBC2, ITV and Channel 4, and has broadcast on BBC radio.

Sundial is a professional company, touring children’s plays in schools, performing Victorian Music Hall shows and 1940s variety shows.

Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start with an interval half-way through.  Tickets cost £10 for adults and £7.50 for concessions and may be obtained in person from the Ironbridge Visitor Information Centre or booked in advance by telephoning 01952 884391.  For further information visit

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