FOR its next production, Ruislip Dramatic Society returns to the Compass Theatre with a whodunnit that would see even Poirot at a loss for words. It will, however, bring a smile to the faces of Agatha Christie fans worldwide.

Set in a country manor house in the 1930s, Peter Gordon's Murdered to Death is a spoof of the Agatha Christie genre, with all the traditional character stereotypes..

They include Miss Maple, who is, of course, rather good at detective work, an English colonel with the pre-requisite stiff upper lip as well as a shady French art dealer and his moll.

That's not to mention Insp Pratt, England's answer to Clouseau who struggles valiantly to solve the murder in spite of his complete incompetence.

Add to this the drunken butler, Bunting, plus a traditional English policeman and you have all the ingredients for a murder mystery, often billed as "the funniest whodunnit Agatha Christie never wrote”.  

Murdered to Death is the first and most successful play of Gordon's Inspector Pratt Trilogy and has been performed worldwide in more than 950 productions.

Though always interested in writing, Gordon was actually a late convert to the stage, with his first play published only in 1990.

November 9-12, 7.45pm, Ruislip Dramatic Society presents MURDERED TO DEATH by Peter Gordon, at the Compass Theatre, Glebe Avenue, Ickenham. Tickets: £12 or £11 concessions (available on Wed/Thu only)

Book online at and Call RDS on 01895 632300 or the Compass on 01895 250615.