It’s murder most foul when Dr Crippen comes to Croydon

Murder by Gaslight sees the welcome the return of the Victrian theatrical company, ‘Don’t Go into the Cellar’ to the Spread Eagle Theatre in the town centre, even if it does mean that infamous doctors Crippen and Palmer are let loose on the Croydon public.

murder-by-gaslight“The British Empire’s finest practitioners of theatrical Victoriana in the macabre vein,” is the suitably florid, fairground-style barker’s claim for the company, which in its previous visits to the theatre upstairs over the Katharine Street pub has delivered sell-out performances of The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes, Old Haunts and The Ghost Stories of MR James.

This new show is a ghoulish audience with two of the the most notorious poisoners in British history – William Palmer and Harvey Crippen.

You are invited to encounter these murderous men of medicine as the diabolical doctors regale you with their case histories, and leave you to judge for yourselves whether they were guilty as charged.

This is the latest adaptation of some of the 19th-century’s greatest ghost and horror stories, suitably twisted for a modern-day audiences, offering some good old-fashioned thrills, chills and chuckles.

Murder by Gaslight is a two-hour-plus show, which starts at 7.30pm on Friday, September 2. Tickets are £10 each.

Full booking details can be found here


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