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New take on Agatha Christie classic brings murder mystery to Ilford

PUBLISHED: 17:00 18 April 2017 | UPDATED: 12:40 19 April 2017

Murder on the Nile. Pic: KMT

Murder on the Nile. Pic: KMT

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The Kenneth More Theatre (KMT) first opened in 1975 and has continually provided the community with a local hub for the arts.

But the theatre in Oakfield Road, Ilford is to suffer funding cuts next year, and actors and directors have banded together to help the cultural hub.

During the last 42 years the Kenneth More Theatre Club has held several one night concerts to raise funds and tonight (Thurs) they will embark upon their first ever full production - of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile.

Murder on the Nile follows the adventures of a detective and his assistant who are staying on a luxurious cruise on the River Nile when a wealthy heiress is murdered.

In typical Christie fashion the simple whodunnit mystery scenario is soon complicated further when the suspects in the case begin to meet their demise.

The new take on the classic play is guaranteed to keep audiences entertained and with the popular theatre threatened by cuts KMT club chairman John Gadd stressed the theatre’s urgent need for support.

“The small council funding for the Kenneth More equates to 53p a year for each resident in Redbridge,” said John.

“A small price to pay for a theatre that is the envy of every borough in the country, and provides entertainment at affordable prices for residents of all ages.

“The theatre runs on a tiny number of professional staff which is supported by a huge number of volunteers, enabling a change of programme every week, and helps to keep the council subsidy down to its minimum.”

The council says it’s forced to make cuts due to the central government grant being reduced.

If you enjoy the Kenneth More, and want to help support it, head on down and see a fantastic show.

The KMT’s production of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile runs from today (7.30pm) until Saturday. Tickets cost £11 for adults. Go to kmtheatre.co.uk/show/murder-on-the-nile for more details.

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