It’s murder for former EastEnders stars in Stevenage play

PUBLISHED: 21:06 11 May 2013 | UPDATED: 21:06 11 May 2013

Former EastEnders and Hollyoaks actress Gemma Bissix appears in Murder in Play at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage

Former EastEnders and Hollyoaks actress Gemma Bissix appears in Murder in Play at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage


TWO former EastEnders stars are due to appear on stage in Stevenage this week.

Dean Gaffney and Gemma Bissix both appear in Murder in Play at the Gordon Craig from Tuesday until Saturday.

Written by Simon Brett, a prolific writer of whodunits in the Golden Age tradition of detective fiction, Murder in Play is a unique comedy thriller which will entertain the audience with its wickedly clever mix of eccentric characters, complex plot twists and gentle humour.

The production stars Dean Gaffney, best known for his 11 years as hapless Walford loser Robbie Jackson in EastEnders.

Gemma Bissix, another EastEnders star as a child, is better known these days for her award-winning role as the villainous Clare Devine in Hollyoaks.

Katy Manning, the iconic Doctor Who assistant Jo Grant, also appears in the play.

They are joined by respected stage and television actors David Callister and Richard Tate.

The dress rehearsal of Boris Smolensky’s production ‘Murder at Priorswell Manor’ is not going well. The actors are more interested in their egos than the play, the props seem to have a life of their own, and the director has personal problems.

Suddenly fiction becomes reality when Boris’s wife, Renee, is murdered on stage.

Who is the murderer? Was it Ginette, Boris’s pretty but not exactly clever mistress? Was it Renee’s acting rival and former TV soap star, Christa? Or was it Boris himself?

Using a play-within-a-play device, the fictional theatre company keeps the audience guessing with numerous clues about the murderer until the final, thrilling denouement.

Mixing the intrigue of an Agatha Christie together with hilarious characters and a sophisticated storyline makes Murder in Play a great evening out for all ages.

Performances are at 7.45pm, with matinees at 2.30pm on Thursday and Saturday.

Tickets cost £21.50, £19 and £16, with £2 off for concessions. Call the box office on 01438 363200 or visit the theatre’s website at

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