A brand new stage version of Anthony Horowitz’s much loved comedy thriller, The Falcon’s Malteser is set to appear at Bath’s egg theatre from Monday 20th October to Saturday 25th October, as part of a UK tour directed by Lee Lyford.  A popular children’s mystery story for nearly 30 years, the script has been adapted by New Old Friends with input from the author. The 2014 UK tour is produced in partnership with the publisher Walker Books as well as the Theatre Royal Bath’s egg theatre, Corn Exchange Newbury and street theatre pioneers the Natural Theatre Company.

Remaining faithful to the book, the stage show follows inept private detective Tim Diamond, and his sharp-witted younger brother Nick, as they set off on a thrilling case to discover just what is so important about a certain box of Maltesers! Featuring a host of brilliant characters like The Fat Man (who lost a lot of weight), Gott and Himmel, Lauren Barcardi, Beatrice von Falkenberg and Betty Cleaner, this comedy thriller is recommended for family audiences aged over 8 years.    

Hired by a mysterious miniature Mexican, Tim Diamond finds himself looking after an apparently innocent box of crunchy-centred chocolates, but little does he know what lies ahead. Incorporating all of the classic film noir tropes – from damsels in distress and wicked villains to wrongful arrests, hulking henchmen, and of course a smoking gun or two – the world’s dimmest detective and his smarter younger brother are put through their paces as a host of escapades unfold in this hilarious, action-packed, stage show.

The Falcons Malteser in rehearsal Dan Winter Feargus Woods Dunlop and Tom Medcalf Photo credit Julian Foxon Photography

The Falcon’s Malteser features Feargus Woods Dunlop as Tim Diamond and Tom Medcalf as Nick Diamond. Whilst Dan Winter and Heather Westwell play Inspector Snape and Beatrice Von Falkenberg respectively, as well as additional roles.

The Falcons Malteser  Heather Westwell in The Falcons Malteser  Photo credit Julian Foxon Photography

Best-selling author Anthony Horowitz, who wrote the original book, commented, “I have seen the script which stays very true to the fun and the adventure of the story, presenting the myriad characters with just four young actors and a huge amount of inventiveness. In fact it’s an object lesson in the power of the theatre and I believe it will spark the imagination of audiences who come and see it.”

New Old Friends have built a strong audience for their entertaining theatre performances in their native South West. Last year the company toured nationally with Silly Songs of Shakespeare, an evening of comic songs loosely based around Shakespeare’s work. New Old Friends’ husband and wife team, Heather Westwell and Feargus Woods Dunlop, both hail from Bath and have a long-standing association with the egg theatre. Over a decade ago, Feargus was a member of the Theatre Royal Bath’s Young People Theatre performing under the directorship of Lee Lyford on numerous occasions as a teenager.

Director Lee Lyford has garnered glowing reviews for his work on the much-loved family Christmas shows at Bath’s egg theatre including Moominland Midwinter in 2013; Heidi A Goat’s Tale in 2012; Alice through the Looking Glass in 2010; and The Nutcracker in the Theatre Royal’s Main House for the 2011 Family Theatre Festival. His recent credits also include Bluebeard at Soho, Warwick and Bristol, and The Fourth Wise Man and Britain’s Best Recruiting Sergeant at London’s Unicorn Theatre.

Anthony Horowitz is one of the most prolific and successful writers working in the UK. He has written over 40 books including the best-selling teen spy series Alex Rider, which is estimated to have sold 19 million copies worldwide. Anthony is also an acclaimed writer for adults; he was commissioned by the Conan Doyle Estate and Orion Books to write a new Sherlock Holmes novel, The House of Silk, published in 2011, and is currently working on the sequel. Anthony is responsible for creating and writing some of the UK’s most successful television series, producing the first seven episodes (and the title) of Midsomer Murders. He is the writer and creator of award-winning drama series Foyle’s War, which was the Winner of the Lew Grade Audience award for BAFTA. He was awarded an OBE for his services to literature in January 2014.

Tickets for The Falcon’s Malteser are available from the egg theatre on 01225 823 409, the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyalorg.uk