Belgian sleuth tries to solve Crimes on the Nile

Published: 24 November 2018

A cast of four bring to life “lascivious lawyers, crocked captains, fastidious physicians, ardently amorous authors, feuding femme fatales, plodding paramours, colossal kids, friendly first mates and attractive Americans” in New Old Friends’ comedy thriller Crimes on the Nile which tours nationally in 2019.

Founded in 2008 and run by husband and wife team Feargus Woods Dunlop and Heather Westwell, New Old Friends will be presenting its fourth “crimes” story after Crimes Against Christmas, Crimes on the Christmas Express and Crimes under the Sun.

Co-artistic director Heather Westwell said, “touring with Crimes Under the Sun was such a joyous experience with such an incredible response from the public that we’re over the moon to be taking out another comedy thriller involving Artemis Arinae.

“This time, we see our hero trapped on a river boat with a cast of shady characters. It features the same brand of multi-role mayhem and invention with even more ambition this time around. It should be a lot of fun.”

Crimes on the Nile is set in 1935. Celebrated Belgian detective Artemis Arinae is enjoying a cruise along the Nile—when tragedy strikes. All passengers and staff are suspects, and the body count is growing. Will Arinae’s little grey cells identify the murderer in time?

The cast comprises Heather Westwell, Feargus Woods Dunlop, Kirsty Cox and Fergus Leatham. James Farrell directs. Design is by Connie Watson, music and sound are by Guy Hughes and Fred Riding, lighting designer is George Seal, movement director is Gary Sefton and Lara Newman is assistant director.

Crimes on the Nile opens at The Ustinov, Theatre Royal Bath from 7 until 27 January 2019. It then visits The Barn in Cirencester, The Dukes in Lancaster, Middlesbrough Theatre, Queen’s Hall Arts Centre in Hexham, The Theatre Chipping Norton, Eden Court in Inverness, Gala Theatre in Durham, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre in Taunton, Wyvern Theatre in Swindon, The Hawth Crawley, Theatre Royal Margate, The Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone, The Core at Corby Cube in Northamptonshire, Nottingham Lakeside Arts, Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness-on-Windermere, Queen’s Theatre Barnstable, Lichfield Garrick, Torch Theatre in Pembrokeshire, Theatr Clwyd, Palace Theatre Southend and Haymarket Theatre in Basingstoke until 4 May.

Steve Orme