A Tomb with a View

by  Norman Robbins

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 6f

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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A Tomb with a View

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

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.

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Reviews

"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

 

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • 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: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    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

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

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4m, 6f

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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Cast 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!

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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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24th October 1977 St Giles Player

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