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A Tomb with a View

Norman Robbins

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Full Length Play, Comedy

4m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573114519

A Tomb With A View is set in as sinister an old library as one is likely to come across presided over by a portrait of a grim faced, mad eyed old man. There, a dusty, lawyer reads a will (involving some millions of pounds) to an equally sinister family one member of which has were wolf tendencies,…

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Mystery/Thriller

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play -

Setting of the play is the Library of Monument House.  There are no books on the shelves.  There is a large painting of the late Septimus Tomb on the wall.  There are some secret panels in the walls.

Act 1 Evening

Act ll Sc 1 Fifteen minutes later: Sc 2 The following morning

Act lll That evening

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget

A Tomb With A View is set in as sinister an old library as one is likely to come across presided over by a portrait of a grim faced, mad eyed old man. There, a dusty, lawyer reads a will (involving some millions of pounds) to an equally sinister family one member of which has were wolf tendencies, another wanders around in a toga of Julius Caesar and a third member is a gentle old lady who plants more than seeds in her flower beds. By the third act, there are more corpses than live members left in the cast and what about the sympathetic nurse and the author of romantic novels are they all, or more than, they seem to be? All is revealed as the plot twists and turns to its surprising conclusion.

"This is a well written and well constructed play with more twists and turns than a corkscrew and you will never work out who the murderer is, so you ahve to wait to the end of the play to find out" Seaford and Newhaven News May 2013

"Laughter with a chilly spine" -Sussex Express 25.5.79

 

24th October 1977 St Giles Player

To date over 1,760 productions worldwide

Translations in German, Dutch,

Characters

CASTING

4m, 6f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Parts for Senior Actors

CASTING NOTES

All of the Tomb characters are 'over the top' but take themselves very seriously

Lucien - pompous petulant professor type: 

Dora - nervous demeanour,dithery, fussy type: 

Emily - could be mistaken for an all in wrestler:

Marcus - imagines himself to be Caesar: 

Monica - man mad!

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

HAMILTON PENWORTHY - 70s

LUCIEN TOMB - 50s

DORA TOMB - 49 looks 60

EMILY TOMB - mid 40s

MARCUS TOMB - mid 40s

ANNE FRANKLIN - mid 20s

AGATHA HAMMOND - mid 60s

FREDA MOUNTJOY - (40 - 50)

PEREGRINE POTTER - mid 30s

MONICA TOMB - mid 30s

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Norman Robbins

Norman Robbins

Norman, one of Amateur Theatre's most popular authors wrote his first stage show almost 60 years ago whilst working for the Yorkshire Evening Post. An avid theatre-goer from the age of 3, (his Grand-parents ran the pub near the local theatre so free tickets were always available) he was equally fascinated by Operettas, Musical Comedies, Oratorios, Plays and Pantomimes. A keen amateur actor and ... view full profile

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Joanne Bauer 20/07/2016 02:12
Nicely-defined characters, single set, clever writing, but a bit lengthy and repetitive in dialogue.  The first act introduces all the characters and bumps them off like nine pins, one by one.  The second act continues to eliminate the unlikely heirs to the Tomb fortune until there are only three characters left.  This is when the play gets tedious and tiresome.  Nurse Franklin has virtually a six-page monologue to describe her killing spree, with Perry tossing in a word here or there.  Without really fast-paced blocking and movement, and creative direction, this play could die a thousand deaths.  The saving grace comes from the colorful and bizarre characters introduced in Act One.  This needs a hands-on director with some creative ideas for blocking and interesting bits.
Dr. ruth Summersides 02/08/2015 18:49
Great play for Dinner Theatres. audience loved it and so did the players. a lot of fun.

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