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Buxton Opera House

Rumpus Theatre Company presents

Raffles - The Mystery of the Murdered Thief

23-25 Feb 2017

Nicholas Bourne & Ian Sharrock

Nicholas Bourne & Ian Sharrock

Ian Sharrock & Nicholas Gilbrook

Ian Sharrock & Nicholas Gilbrook

Nicholas Gilbrook & David Gilbrook

Nicholas Gilbrook & David Gilbrook

Ian Sharrock & Nicholas Gilbrook

Ian Sharrock & Nicholas Gilbrook


The return of the gentleman cracksman

A sparkling whodunit based on the thrilling classics by E. W. Hornung

Harry 'Bunny' Manders is convinced that his erstwhile partner in crime, the gentleman cracksman A. J. Raffles, drowned while escaping a daring theft aboard a transatlantic liner. But a chance reply to a newspaper advertisement reveals an entirely different scenario, and at once Bunny is embroiled again in his old life of burglary, mayhem, adventure and murder!

Bunny is played by the exuberant Ian Sharrock, hugely familiar to audiences from his ten years as Jackie Merrick in Emmerdale, while his other TV appearances include Heartbeat, The Bill, Casualty, Where The Heart Is and – perhaps most memorably – as Jed Maxwell, Alan Partridge’s biggest and most scarily obsessive fan in I’m Alan Partridge.


“Guarantees to set your heart racing” - Remotegoat


"Nicholas Gilbrook and Ian Sharrock work superbly together, bouncing off each other and forming a partnership which is as impressive as it is pleasurable ... the play is as successful as most of Raffles’s criminal capers" - British Theatre Guide

"Outstanding ... it would be a crime to miss it" - Derbyshire Times

"All the hallmarks of a classic thriller; disguises, secret identities, jewel thefts, murder ... enjoyable" - The Reviews Hub

"'Bunny' Manders is brilliantly played by Ian Sharrock (star in TV's Emmerdale, Heartbeat, The Bill and Jed Maxwell in I'm Alan Partridge" - North West End

Dates and Prices

Dates: Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 February 7.30pm
Matinee: Saturday 2.30pm

Tickets: £16-£20

Groups (8+)/Senior/Disabled: £1.50 off (not Dress Circle)
JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle)

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