Maitland Repertory Theatre releases tickets to their second last show of the season, Arsenic and Lace. This is uproarious farce on plays involving murder – an audience favourite.
“You see, insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops.”
Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life: he has a steady job as a drama critic at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement.
Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene – his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt – but his world is turned upside down when he realises that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years! When Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan, returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé – all while trying to keep his own sanity as well.
Run time: approx 2 hours 20 minutes, including a 15 minute interval.