Last production: Sleighed to Death

Written by Peter Gordon

Staged by Hook Players in 2018

Directed by Ros Shepherd

Produced by Jennie Barr

Stage managed by Mike Cooper

1930s England, it’s Christmas Eve in the manor house of the bumbling aristocrat, Sir Walton Gates and his wife Grace. His daughter Emma from a previous marriage arrives from town with her new companion in tow, the dashing James Washington. Added to the mix is Sir Walton’s estranged brother Archie, recently returned from years spent in Australia, bringing with him an appetite for mischief and a dodgy accent.

Enter England’s most confused police officer, Sergeant Pratt, who unwittingly kicks a hornet’s nest of English gentility and the evening soon descends into chaos with hilarious consequences. Magic tricks will fail miserably, shots will inadvertently ring out and identities will be confused but can Pratt identify the individual with murderous intent before a body is found? Probably not . . .

In this prequel to the Inspector Pratt Trilogy, Sleighed to Death takes us back to a previous period in Inspector Pratt’s career and we discover that his earlier life as a policeman is no less hilarious!


Paul Cuttle Sir Walton Gates
Antonia Demetriadi Morag
Sofia Belfelice Grace, Lady Gates
Gemma King The Honourable Emma Gates
David Burroughs-Parke James Washington
Graeme Cooper Sergeant Pratt
Hazel Bonnin WPC Mary Potter
Fergus Kirkham Archie Gates
Elsa Doris

Production team

Alex Henney Front of House
Andrew Bonnin Photography , Bar Manager
Ann Grigg Set Design , Set Painting , Stage Crew , Poster design
Anouska Shepherd Front of House
Carole Handley Costumes
Cedric Bradley Front of House
Chloe-Anne Gregory Make-up and Hair
Christine Bradley Front of House
Christina Emery Front of House
Elizabeth Knight Costumes
Gerrard Lancaster Set Build
Isobel Charlewood Front of House
Jane Bonnin Programme , Front of House
Jennie Barr Box Office
Jenny Charlewood Front of House
Jill Madgwick Front of House
John Emery Front of House
Julie Hunter-Clarke Prompt
Juliet Overington Props
Lauren Henney Props , Front of House
Lily Ebsworth Front of House
Mark Bonnin Front of House
Mark Thomas Sound
Marlena Eckhartt Make-up and Hair
Meg Howe Front of House
Mike Cooper Set Build
Molly Savery Make-up and Hair
Niamh Jones Make-up and Hair
Nicholas Lancaster Set Build
Pat Cooper Front of House
Phil Henney Set Build
Phil Knight Lighting and Sound Design
Phoebe Charlewood Front of House
Ros Shepherd Publicity
Trevor Barkham Light Rigging , Front of House Manager
Trees Newsagents Box Office
The Village Gallery Box Office
Warwick Howe Props