Prepare to Meet Thy Tomb

by  Norman Robbins

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 6f

Prepare To Meet Thy Tomb follows Tomb With A View and Tiptoe Through the Tombstones to complete the trilogy of plays from Norman Robbins about the family that play together and slay together: the murderous Tombs. As night falls and fog descends on Monument House Hotel …

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Prepare to Meet Thy Tomb

by  Norman Robbins

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Prepare To Meet Thy Tomb follows Tomb With A View and Tiptoe Through the Tombstones to complete the trilogy of plays from Norman Robbins about the family that play together and slay together: the murderous Tombs.

As night falls and fog descends on Monument House Hotel and Alternative Health Spa, Hecuba Tomb and her niece Drusilla receive a series of unexpected visitors. Novelist Philippa and her assistant Daphne are seeking refuge from a mysterious follower they fear may be the notorious "Norfolk Strangler". Hot on their heels come TV historian Quentin Danesworth and vacuous honeymooners Robert and Miranda. The uninvited guests are soon snooping around the secret passages of the creepy old mansion and asking too many questions for comfort. Sure enough, one by one they fall victim to violent deaths by devious techniques — no secret panel is unoccupied, no cup of tea untouched, and nobody is who they appear to be. This irresistible combination of spoof and baffling murder mystery, over-the-top characters and shocking plot twists will thrill and delight in equal measure.

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Reviews

"This is the sort of thing that Norman Robbins does best: eccentric characters;secret panels;plot twists taht are every bit as shocking, and frequent, as the violent deaths suffered by the cast list; and a gloriously funny sense of the macabre throughout" - Amateur Stage September 2010

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    The action of the play takes place in the Garden Room of Monument House Hotel and Alternative Health Farm, some fifty miles from London

    Act 1 Sc1 Late Saturday afternoon in February: Sc 2 The same. An hour later

    Act 2 Sc1 The same. Half-an-hour later: Sc 2 The same. An hour later.

  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

4m, 6f

DRUSILLA TOMB - 19
HECUBA TOMB - her aunt; 60s
SIR BEVERLEY COMSTOCK - 60s
PHILLIPA COLLINS - 40s
DAPHNE SUMMERS - late 50s
ANTHONY STRICKLAND - late 20s
QUENTIN DANESWORTH - effeminate; late 60s
ROBERT SANDBROOKE - late 30s
MIRANDA TORRENCE - early 40s
CECILY VENNER - late 30s

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Cast Attributes

  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

The more skilled the performers and director the more the watchers will enjoy themselves.  Characters are pure stock, giving performers wonderful opportunities for truly bizarre characterization, whilst laughter and chills are in equal amounts.  Forget political correctness.  Here is a family that play together and slay together.

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Authors

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 Operett ...

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First productions in 2010

To date nearly 30 productions nationally

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