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Eastern Angles will perform The Mystery of St Finnigan's Elbow at the Key Theatre in January.
Eastern Angles will perform The Mystery of St Finnigan's Elbow at the Key Theatre in January.
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Acclaimed theatre company Eastern Angles bring their annual alternative to the traditional festive panto to Peterborough’s Key Theatre in the new year.

From January 27 to 31 they will be staging seven performances of their latest madcap comedy spoof. Think Blackadder meets Monty Python with a bit of Father Ted thrown in for good measure!

This year Eastern Angles have put together an Enid Blyton inspired caper entitled The Mystery of St Finnigan’s Elbow. The show is created by writing duo Pat Whymark and Julian Harries whose last festive production, the hilarious Miss Marple spoof, Dial M for Murgatroyd, gained glowing reviews.

This year, audiences will be pleased to see the return of Eastern Angles’ familiar format using a cast of energetic actor musicians playing a whole host of wacky characters.

Eastern Angles like to stage their shows in a cosy traverse-style with seating on both sides of the performance space, so expect an unorthodox view in the Key’s Studio Theatre. -

“Our traverse seating really brings the audience up close to the action”, explains Artistic Director Ivan Cutting. “Audiences love the intimacy of the set up, everyone gets a fantastic view and it creates a really jolly atmosphere. This will be the fourth time we’ve staged our wacky Christmas production in Peterborough. We love coming back, and every year the audience gets bigger and bigger.”

The Mystery of St Finnigan’s Elbow is set in 1936, and a crisis is looming at St Finnigan’s, a remote convent school for girls in sleepy Suffolk. The famous relic, St Finnigan’s Funny Bone, has mysteriously disappeared. The question is, can the Trumpington twins solve the mystery before Cardinal Pecorino arrives on a special visit from Rome?”

Tickets are on sale at the Key box office on 01733 207239 or book online by visiting