Suddenly At Home

For our Autumn 2000 production, we presented a ‘thriller with a difference’, Suddenly At Home by Francis Durbridge, less of a ‘who dunnit’, more of a ‘will he get away with it’!

Businessman Glenn Howard’s wealthy wife, Maggie, wants them to go and live in Bermuda, meaning he would have to give up his job. The life of a kept man does not appeal to Glenn, who also has another woman in his life, so he devises a seemingly foolproof plan to do away with his wife, enjoy her money and indulge his new love. Not only will he in the clear, but the prime suspect will be his wife’s former lover, Sam Blaine.
Working with his close friend, an actress named Sheila Wallis, Glenn carries out the plan and everything seems to be working as it should - until the arrival of Superintendent Remick .

Unlike other murder mysteries, the audience is party to the dreadful deed, and watching Glenn smilingly lie his way out of one tight corner after another makes the urge to shout ‘He did it!’ almost overwhelming.
The central role of Glenn Howard was played by John Wild; Maggie, his wife, by Margaret McDowell; Sheila Wallis by Moira Weston, and Remick by Bob Stone.

Other Lucilla favourites taking part were Alison Jones as Helen, Maggie s sister; Mike Quirke as Sam Blaine; Wendy Stone as Ruth Bechler, Maggie’s au pair, and David Sumner as Inspector Appleton. Direction was by Esther Matthews.

This thriller-with-a-twist was presented at Crosby Civic Hall on 9th, 10th & 11th November 2000.

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