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The Phoenix Players presents

The Perfect Murder

A drama by Hugh Janes, adapted from a story by Jeffrey Archer.

Directed by Sandra Gilbert.

Wednesday 22 to Saturday 25 May 2019 at 7.30pm.

Carla Moorland has been murdered and accountant John Hoskins, who has been having an extra-marital affair with her, is certain he knows who did it – himself. John's wife Elizabeth, rather than calling the police is determined to keep John out of prison, even if it means an innocent man will be punished for the crime.

Rehearsals are nearing the end - a few images from these sessions are in the 'Recent News' section.

"The Perfect Murder combines the elements of great storytelling with tense courtroom drama to breathtaking effect"
"There are nifty twists, the last one landing like a sledgehammer in the plays final seconds"
"I was drawn into the drama and was gripped right through to its totally unexpected ending!"
"Hugh Janes has showcased what an excellent storyteller Jeffrey Archer is, in his masterful reworking bringing the story to life on the stage"

Cast:   Backstage:  
John Hoskins: Vern Dunkley Stage Manager: Steve Keogh
Elizabeth Hoskins: Lily Dunkley Prompt: Steph Trinci
D.I. Simmonds: Mark Harris Lighting: David Jell
Skipper (Sgt. Davies): Emma Hartup Sound: Martin Lawrence
Maria: Sue Marrett Props: Margaret Price & Roger Trayhurn
Paul Menzies: Alex Barrett Box Office: Daphne Breakspear
Alan: Chris Coleman Front of House: Dennis Breakspear
Sir Humphrey Mountcliff, Council for the Prosecution: Colin Wilkins
Judge, Mrs. Justice Buchannan: Sally Lovejoy
Scott QC, Council for the Defence: Raman Aggarwal
Mrs. Green, Clerk of the Court: Elly Beint
Dr. Mallins, Home Office Pathologist: Gill Brain
Clerks to the Barristers: Charlotte Phillips & Abdul Mohammed
Three Journalists: Elly Beint, Charlotte Phillips & Abdul Mohammed


Wednesday 22 to Saturday 25 May 2019 at 7.30pm.

The Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon. SN1 4BJ.

Important: See Tickets below

Ticket Prices: £ 12.00 or £ 10.00 for concessions.          Group Bookings: 1 ticket FREE for every 10 tickets booked.

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1) To book tickets please call Pauline on 07517 698083 or email

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