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â€śA pedigree of successful productions dating back more than 60 years is fitting testament to the quality of drama on offer hereâ€ť The Scotsman
â€śStage comedy at its finest. A brilliant playâ€ť Daily Telegraph
A classic black comedy
Abby and Martha Brewster? Why, theyâ€™re just sweet, eccentric old ladies who wouldnâ€™t harm a fly. Such is their kindness that a gentleman guest never leaves their Brooklyn boarding house without a good meal and a refreshing glass of something nice.
If any of their gentleman guests had a more sensitive nose, however, they might detect a faint odour of something else in the glass . . . something a little like bitter almonds . . .
Abby and Marthaâ€™s favourite nephew, theatre critic Mortimer Brewster, has no idea about his auntsâ€™ secret. Until, that is, he travels to Brooklyn to introduce his fiancĂ©e, Elaine, to the old dears - and makes a discovery that turns his world upside down. In a frantic attempt to conceal their crimes, Mortimer tries to lay the blame at the door of his barking mad but completely harmless brother Teddy â€“ who thinks heâ€™s Theodore Roosevelt and frequently disappears into the cellar to dig the Panama Canal.
But Mortimerâ€™s plan comes a cropper when his other brother, the terrifying Jonathan, appears on the doorstep. On the run and with a strangely changed appearance, Jonathan doesnâ€™t want the police involved. In anything. And Jonathan expects people to do what he says. Or else . . .
Immortalised in the 1944 film starring Cary Grant, Joseph Kesselringâ€™s hilarious black comedy is one of the most popular plays in American theatre history and proved a huge favourite with PFT audiences when previously seen in 1990 and 2002. What better choice as the first PFT Classic?