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Something's Afoot

A zany, entertaining show that takes a satirical poke at Agatha Christie mysteries and musical styles of past years.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Backing Tracks, Comedy
  • 120 minutes

  • Time Period: 1930s, 19th Century
  • Target Audience: Adult, Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Opportunity for Spectacle
  • Cautions: Alcohol, No Special Cautions
  • Orchestra Size: Medium

  • Performance Group:
  • Dinner Theatre, Community Theatre, Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre, College Theatre / Student, Senior Theatre

  • Accolades:
  • Nominee! Olivier Award for Best Musical of the Year - 1977
    Nominee! 2 Joseph Jefferson Awards - 1973
A zany, entertaining musical that takes a satirical poke at Agatha Christie mysteries and musical styles of the English music hall of the '30s.

Ten people are stranded in an isolated English country house during a raging thunderstorm. One by one they're picked off by cleverly fiendish devices. As the bodies pile up in the library, the survivors frantically race to uncover the identity and motivation of the cunning culprit.


"The audiences adored the show."

The New York Times

"Engaging, funny, refreshing and original."

New York Post

"An enchanting spoof."

New York Daily News

"Both a spoof and a tribute to Agatha Christie... played with fine tuned, flamboyantly melodramatic affectations."

Los Angeles Times

Premiere Production: Something's Afoot premiered at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta in 1972, and was then produced at the Goodspeed Opera House, in East Haddam, Connecticut, at the American Theatre in Washington, D.C., and by the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The play opened on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre in New York City on May 27, 1976. It was produced by Tony Tanner. It was subsequently produced on the West End at the Ambassadors Theatre in London in 1977.
  • Casting: 6M, 4F
  • Casting Attributes: Parts for Senior Actors, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Casting Notes: All of the characters are British stereotypes: two of them, Lettie and Flint, are Cockney. The situation is farcical, but, because the plot is a murder mystery, the characters should play the play for real.
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

LETTIE - The saucy maid
FLINT - The caretaker
CLIVE - The butler
HOPE LANGDON - The ingenue
DR. GRAYBURN - The family doctor
NIGEL RANCOUR - The dissolute nephew
COL. GILLWEATHER - The old army man
MISS TWEED - The tweedy, elderly amateur detective
GEOFFREY - The juvenile

Name Price
Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

1 x Script / Chorus Book

Pre-Production Pack Shipped upon receipt of a signed License Agreement and full payment of all invoices. This is optional.

1 x Piano-Conductor's Score / Chorus Book

Rehearsal Material Shipped a minimum of 3 months before the last performance. This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show.

10 x Chorus Books
1 x Piano/Conductor's Score

$80.00 +$80.00/pm
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Libretto / Script

Orchestral Material Shipped a minimum of 1 month before the last performance. This is optional.

1 x Piano/Conductor's Score
1 x Reed I (Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Alto & Tenor Saxophones)
1 x Reed II (Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto & Tenor Saxophones)
1 x Trumpet
1 x Trombone
1 x Percussion I & II (Timpani, Xylophone, Drums -- 2 Books)
1 x Bass
1 x Guitar/Banjo

$60.00 +$60.00/pm
Show|Ready Shipped upon receipt of a signed License Agreement and full payment of all invoices. This is optional.

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With an intuitive interface, Show|Ready gives you complete control over which parts you hear, and lets you modify the key or tempo and cut, vamp, or repeat measures as you please. All shows include the piano, bass, drum, and all vocal parts, as well as a sheet music viewer that automatically displays the piano/conductor score and changes the page as you listen and navigate throughout the show.

Stage|Tracks Shipped upon receipt of a signed License Agreement and full payment of all invoices. This is optional.

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