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New Old Friends serve up a comedy of crime

Poster for Crimes on Centre Court at York Theatre Royal

Born from award-winning podcast Comedy Whodunnits (number two in the iTunes fiction chart), the production team behind Crimes On Centre Court at York Theatre Royal (November 10-11) has relished the unusual challenge of bringing podcast audio to the stage.

The show comes from New Old Friends, a touring theatre company whose primary goal is to make people laugh – in this case drawing on 1980s sports movies, ballet, Japanese game shows and other pieces of theatre that inspire them.

When Lord Knows, the chair of the Whombledun International Invitational Tennis Tournament dies, his son Hugh is suspicious. The police won’t take the case so Hugh calls in private investigators Perry & Penny Pink to get to the bottom of things. What follows has all the hallmarks of New Old Friends’ brand of comedy as a cast of four play countless characters with quickfire changes.

Writer and director Feargus Dunlop Woods said: “This show was such fun to create, using all the elements we love in theatre and popular culture together. We believe in giving people a couple of hours of escapism, to just sit and laugh – every bit as profound as more obviously worthy shows."

More info and tickets here


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