MURDER AT THE CHATEAU
by Joe Laredo
A (melo)drama in two acts that will have you laughing, gasping and crying
Comedy, murder mystery, melodrama and drama – Murder at the Château has all the ingredients for a funny, spooky, shocking and surprising night at the theatre
- Normandy, France. A gloomy and run-down country château where the beautiful widow Elisabeth, Countess of Jeufosse, lives with her lively eighteen-year-old daughter Blanche. When Laurence, Blanche’s attractive new governess, joins the household, strange things start to happen. A mysterious Black Beast is running amuck. But what – or who – is it, and why is Elisabeth so reluctant to do anything about it? What is the dark secret of the Château de Jeufosse that no one is prepared to reveal?
Murder at the Château is based on a true story – a story that shocked France and changed French law.
Elisabeth-Anansime de Beauvais, Countess of Jeufosse (46), still beautiful
Blanche-Marie-Elisabeth de Jeufosse (18), Elisabeth’s pretty daughter
Laurence Thouzery (25), Blanche’s attractive governess
Jean-Baptiste Leuffroy-Crepel (42), gamekeeper-cum-butler-cum-coachman – wears a moustache
Clémentine Luzurier, housekeeper-cum-cook
Alfred-Léonce Odoard du Hazey (50s), first cousin to Elisabeth – red-faced and wears a moustache
Joseph-Hyacinthe Tripet (60s), retired diplomat – portly and wears a moustache
Émile Guillot (29), a handsome local ‘businessman’ – has a Northern accent and wears a moustache
Élie Vanier, judge
Maître Berryer (c. 70), defence lawyer
Maître Cresson (37), public prosecutor
Benoît-Désiré Gros (c. 20), Émile Guillot’s valet-cum-coachman-cum-confidant
Désiré-François Criquebœuf, grocer
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