Arsenic and Old Lace
by Joseph Kesselring

Poster for Arsenic and Old lace






April / May 2013

This classic black comedy concerns two sisters who take pity on what they perceive to be lonely old men and do them what they consider to be a favour by "bumping them off" with a glass of their home made wine, laced with arsenic.

The bodies are buried in the cellar where their mad brother, Teddy, who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt, is conveniently digging the Panama Canal. The locks make the ideal graves for the ladies' victims. But when a third relative turns up with yet another body to get rid of, things take a rather different turn.