Tiptoe Through the Tombstones

by  Norman Robbins

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 6f

Months have passed since the ghastly events in Monument House occurred that are related in A Tomb with a View. Mortimer Crayle, the crusty lawyer, and his secretary have gathered the remaining members of the Tomb family at the house, ostensibly to inform this off beat bunch about their inheritance. …

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Tiptoe Through the Tombstones

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

Some months have passed since the ghastly events in Monument House, well known to those fmiliar with A Tomb with a View.  Now Mortimer Crayle, the crusty old lawyer, and his secretary Zoe, have gathered the last remaining Tomb family members (as offbeat a bunch as the original occupants) at the old house, ostensibly to inform them about their inheritance.  But Crayle has designs on the inheritance which demand the death of all Tombs.  Fog descends on the gloomy mansion and in the cobwebby corridors things - and people - are seldom what they seem.  With poison in every decanter and mysterious disappearances into secret passageways, host and guests alike join the increasing number of bodies in the cellar.  A glorious spoof - a worthy sequel to A Tomb with a View - although previous acquaintance with the Tombs is not required

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

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 library of Monument House, the decaying Gothic home of the late Tomb family, some fifty miles from London.

    Act 1 Sc 1 A Friday evening in November:  Sc 2 Fifteen minutes later

    Act ll Sc 1 Half an hour later:  Sc 2 An hour later

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

Casting

4m, 6f

VERNON PREWITT -  mid 30s

EDNA HONEYWILL - (18 - 20)

ZOE MAPLETON - mid 30s

MORTIMER CRAYLE - late 70s

OCTAVIA TOMB - 60s

HENRIETTA TOMB - mid 50s

AUGUSTUS TOMB - mid 50s

ATHENE TOMB - late 50s

LARRY LEWISS - mid 20s

FABIA TOMB - early 40s

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Cast Attributes

  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

Tomb characters are all larger than life - but truly believe in themselves.

Is useful for ease of performance to have someone of similar build to the Clown (Larry) to don the costume for the 'quick change' parts of the script.

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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 1997

Translations in German and Dutch

To date over 300 productions worldwide

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