Show 55 #4 Murder By The Book 2018

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The Story


    As the curtain rises, on the 1982 London flat of famous mystery writer and critic Selwyn Piper, he is about to be murdered by his wife, volatile actress Imogen, whom he refuses to divorce. His pretty secretary, Christine, finds herself caught in the crossfire and Peter, the young man next door has to come to her rescue. Selwyn’s publisher John, who is also Imogen’s lover, enters into the fray and just when you think you have it all figured out… the tables are turned more than once.

    The nimble wordplay – each riposte followed immediately by a repartee -is like a tennis volley. Selwyn and Imogen are clever, intelligent and knowledgeable and each knows it! The various backs-and-forths between Selwyn and Peter have you questioning if the famous author has met his match in a reader who was as astute and imaginative as him.

    As a comic variation of a whodunit, the cunning (and criminal) writer of mysteries tries to out con an equally cunning reader of his mysteries and a murder plan that was actually another murder plan gets spun into something else entirely.

    Is there a murder?  That’s a good question.  Come to the show on stage January 20th through February 10th and be delightfully flummoxed by the twists and turns of this lighthearted and intricate comedy thriller to find out.


A Cunning Comedy Thriller

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Director’s TALK:

Murder By the BOOK

    As well as being a lighting designer, Stephen has been a producer, director, stage manager, sound and set designer. Murder by the Book is Stephen’s director debut for Metro Theatre.
    Join Stephen Torrence and the cast of Murder by the BOOK immediately after the show on Friday, Janaury 26th  for an informal chat.
Discussions will centre around:
• what is it about
• a mystery that draws us to the theatre
• taking a character from the page to the stage  from the Director’s and the Actor’s perspective
• the introduction music to the two acts and the two songs specifically chosen by the playwrights  and why we chose those particular versions of the songs

Stephen Torrence


Fast Facts



     Performances are Thursday to Saturday at 8:00 pm, with Sunday Matinees at 2:00 pm.  Run time is 2 hours 15 min.



     Jan 20 thru Feb 10 2018, Thursday through Saturday nights with Matinees on Sunday January 28th & February 4th.


     1370 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC.  Next to the on-ramp to the Arthur Laing Bridge by Marine Drive and Granville .


     Tickets are $25 for adults or $22 for seniors and students, with a special every Thursday 2 for $38. Preview performance $15.



     Wed – Sat 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm & 1 Hour before each show.
Box Office Phone: 604 266 7191



    Show Performance Evenings – 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Show Performance Matinees – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm



     There is plenty of easy parking – in the parking lot, on the street, even ‘All Evening Parking’ for $4 at the Liquor Store Lot just up the street from Metro.



     We’re close to the Marpole bus loop and on the #10 route. Check out for transit directions.


CONTACT:     Metro for more information, publicity photos, arrangements for interviews and press tickets.

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A comedy thriller, MURDER by the BOOK is a particularly puzzling play – Who is dead and why and who the murderers are, changes from moment to moment.
Metro Theatre is pleased to present Murder by the BOOK written by Duncan Greenwood & Robert King and directed by Stephen Torrence.  This inventive light-hearted thriller is on our stage January 20th to February 10th, 2018.
Murder by the BOOK is a funny play that can be described as a twisty-turny game of CLUE, brought to life.  Anyone who remembers playing the classic Parker Brothers game knows that it is a fun and frustrating guessing game – “Professor Plum in the library with a candlestick” or was it “Coronel Mustard in the Dining Room with a knife” 
Murder by the BOOK is a glimpse into a witty murder plot gone awry in the English flat of a famous writer and critic Selwyn Piper when he crosses swords with his volatile estranged wife Imogen. A delicious blend of betrayal, collusion and intrigue sprinkled generously with clever word plays  keeping the audience second guessing as to what’s really going on.  Just when you think you have figured out who-done-it and done-it again you are delightfully flummoxed by deadly twists and turns.
The killer is obvious.  But who is dead? Now that’s a good question.  You’ll have to see the show to find out.” ~ Director Stephen Torrence



Selwyn Piper…..  Samuel B Barnes
Christine Scott…..  Heather Billington
Imogen Piper…..  Emma Greenhalgh
Peter Fletcher…..  Dovreshin MacRae
John Douglas…..  Michael Jones



Director…..  Stephen Torrence
Production Manager…..  Rita M Price
Stage Manager….. James Mainguy
Assistant Stage Manager….. Kathryn Ferguson
Properties….. Cynthia Bronaugh
Costume Designer….. Cynthia Bronaugh
Set Designer …..  Don Briard
Lighting/Sound Designer ….. Jayden Lucas
Production Assistant …..  Heather Stewart
Board Operator …..  Leslie Thompson
General Manager …..  Les Erskine
Technical Director ….. Jamie Horsley
Scenic Carpenter ….. Robin Richardson
Scenic Painting/Set Decoration ….. Tracy-Lynn Chernaske
Graphic Design …..  Barbara LaBounta
Photography ….. Tracy-Lynn Chernaske