The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps

The McCarthyApprox. 60 minsTheatre

A gothic tale for lovers of Harry Potter, Tim Burton, Lemony Snicket and The Brothers Grimm.


Presented by Matthew Linley Creative Projects in Association with Action Transport Theatre and Eastern Angles
Written by Murray Lachlan Young
Directed by Nina Hajiyianni
Music by Arun Ghosh
Designed by Bek Palmer
Movement by Laura Williamson Biggs
VR & Animation by MBD Ltd
Associate Direction by Scott Hurran

Key Cast:

Murray Lachlan Young
Joe Allen

Price: From £10

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Celebrated poet and broadcaster Murray Lachlan Young (Radio 4, Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music poet in residence,) stars in this thrilling new family performance perfect for audiences young and old!

After the windswept double funeral of his parents, 7-year-old Crispin (or Crispin de Quincy de Faversham Clumps to give him his full name) inherits his ancestral home – Raddlesham Mumps. He finds himself in a huge empty house with only an ancient butler for company. And when that butler, Kenilworth, begins to tell him about the bizarre and hilarious deaths of his deeply eccentric ancestors the story takes flight on darkly comic wings.

The acclaimed Raddlesham Mumps mixes compelling story telling with a brilliant musical score (by Arun Ghosh), oodles of theatricality and a touch of exquisite silliness. A ‘theatrical treat’ thats perfect for lovers of Harry Potter, Tim Burton, Lemony Snicket and The Brothers Grimm!

Age guidance: 7+
(this show is not designed and is not suitable for children under 5)
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“Fearsome and Funny”
Michael Rosen

"Side-splittingly hilarious"
Howard Blake (The Snowman)

“Murray Lachlan Young’s latest masterpiece”
Matt Everitt, BBC 6 Music

"Beautifully staged…. utterly brilliant …. fiercely clever"
Marcus Brigstocke

"Magical ****1/2"
Norwich Eye

"An utter delight for audiences young and old"
Neil D’Arcy Jones, Colchester Gazette

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