Tale of murder in high places

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THERE will be menace and murder in high places when Dead Ringer, by Charles Ross, is staged at Derby Theatre from June 18-23.

The witty political thriller features a number of familiar actors including Chris Ellison (Frank Burnside in The Bill) with Tony Adams, who became a household name as Adam Chance in the long-running soap opera Crossroads and Keith Drinkel.

When the Prime Minister drops dead from an apparent heart attack on the eve of a general election, two cabinet members who fear they need his charisma to get re-elected hire an out-of-work actor to replace the deceased. This dead ringer is supposed to fill in until after the election is won, but he grows to like the role until he discovers that the real PM was poisoned. This thriller plunges from early amusing fantasy into murder and dark plots.

Laced with humour throughout, Dead Ringer will keep the audience guessing right up to the moment of the explosive denouement.

Ticket, costing £8-£21, are available from the box office on 01332 59 39 39.