"Murder Most Merry!" Presented by Candlelight Theatre
Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 8:00 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
What do Lady Fitzbuttress, Cleopatra the cat, and Dr. Robert Jeffers have in common? They are all involved in murder! In Candlelight Theatre’s spring production at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site you will experience a trilogy of one act plays filled with mystery and murder - as well as chaotic and comedic twists! Each play is performed in a different room of the mansion complete with candlelight, historical artifacts, and the rich ambiance of President Harrison’s original furnishings.
You will see An Inspector Answers by Norman Phillip Hart in the back parlor. The story unfolds as Lady Fitzbuttress disappears and the Inspector accuses her husband, Reginald, of murdering her. Thus begins a series of single, double, and triple crosses that will have your head spinning like a top on a merry-go-round. Keeping pace with who is who and what is what will keep you entertained all the way to its comedic tragic end.
The dining room sets the stage for A Nice Little Kitty by Pat Cook. Walter and Edna Herbert vie for the love of their gargantuan fifty-seven pound cat, Cleopatra. But who is going to come out on top of this cat fight? Pair this domestic mayhem with a clueless, yet persistent, policeman and a very lumpy couch and you have the makings of a comedy of accidental murder and obsessive cat hating. But who has the last meow?
In the attic, you’ll experience The Case of the Well-Staged Murder by James Trofatter, based on the story of the same name by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The famed duo of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must piece together the clues to the identity of the real villain who shot Dr. Robert Jeffers – clues that are too neat and tidy to be a random act of violence. Something is amiss and Sherlock Holmes plans to get to the bottom of it. Staged as a live radio show, follow Holmes and Watson as they track down the culprit.
Purchase your tickets today to see “who did it” in April! Performances will sell out - reservations strongly suggested.
Consider booking a private room for up to 20 guests - a great way to enjoy a night out with friends, family, clients, or co-workers!
What are my event parking options?
Parking is available along Delaware Street.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
You do not need to bring your printed ticket. There will be a check-in table on the front porch of the home with your party's information if you can not print your ticket.
What is the refund policy?
Tickets are generally not refunded. If you can no longer attend or need to change your performance date or time, please call Sierra Seevers-Troitsky at 317-631-1888 and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Is this performance appropriate for children?
Children are welcome to attend. However, as a general rule, we do not recommend this performance for children under the age of six due to the darkness of the home and the length of the performance. Please call Sierra Seevers-Troitsky at 317-631-1888 to discuss further if you have questions.
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Candlelight Theatre at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
The Candlelight Company performs three times per year at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. Since 2004, when Dr. Donna Wing worked with the museum staff to create what has become Candlelight Theatre, a partnership featuring 19th-century and early 20th-century plays with the President's historic home providing a one-of-a-kind stage. We are keenly aware of this rare opportunity to present a variety of theatre genres that rotate the audience through the sacred space of a President's home, showcasing antique Harrison collectibles and furnishings. Candlelight Theatre continues to offer theatrical experiences that carefully weave entertainment and experience with education—which is at the heart of our mission: to increase public understanding of, appreciation for, and participation in the American system of self-government through the life stories, arts and culture of an American President.